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      Growth in Internet Usage During the COVID-19 Pandemic among Older Adults : Findings from Switzerland

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      COVID-19, Internet, Older adults, Nursing homes, Long-term-care, Corona, Switzerland
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            Abstract

            Digital solutions (e.g., videocast) to stay in contact have been more prevalently used during the pandemic; however, have older adults—who are often not familiar with modern technologies—used the internet more often during the pandemic? This brief note presents the first findings about the question of growth in internet use among older adults based on two representative surveys in Switzerland. The results showed that among the community-dwelling older adults, 45.7% had increased their internet usage, but only 19.5% among the residents of long-term care facilities had. Social workers should remain aware of the digital divide when working with older adults.

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            ScienceOpen Preprints
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            11 December 2021
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            [1 ] Center of Gerontology, University of Zurich
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            10.14293/S2199-1006.1.SOR-.PP2HOHN.v1
            decadd06-21d4-4491-a100-a025bcd6a200

            This work has been published open access under Creative Commons Attribution License CC BY 4.0 , which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Conditions, terms of use and publishing policy can be found at www.scienceopen.com .


            The datasets generated during and/or analysed during the current study are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.
            Sociology,Geriatric medicine,Public health
            Internet,Long-term-care,Nursing homes,COVID-19,Switzerland,Corona,Older adults

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