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      Understanding the Use and Motivation of Digital Music Technologies among Middle-Aged and Older Adults


      Proceedings of the 32nd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI)

      Human Computer Interaction Conference

      4 - 6 July 2018

      Older people, Motivation, Technology adoption, Music, Identity

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          Active participation in everyday life and social activities is essential for older adults to maintain wellbeing. The notion of “Active Ageing” brings a new angle to understand the challenges and opportunities of emerging technologies. We report results from a survey study that compares the uses and motivations of using digital music technologies amongst middle-aged and older people and quantifies the effects of motivations. Getting social connectedness is a key predictor for more frequent use and sharing with digital music technologies. Group participation contributes to higher likelihood of using digital music technologies and more frequent use. The findings were triangulated with situated use and music group activities drawn from our prior ethnographic study. We also highlighted that age was a relevant but not prominent factor in technology use and motivation.

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                July 2018
                July 2018
                : 1-13
                [1 ] University of Cambridge

                Cambridge, UK
                © Mao et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Proceedings of British HCI 2018. Belfast, UK.

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                Proceedings of the 32nd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference
                Belfast, UK
                4 - 6 July 2018
                Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
                Human Computer Interaction Conference
                Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
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