Does the wind of change blow in late adulthood? Adoption of ICT by senior citizens during the past decade

Sabina Lissitsa, Svetlana Chachashvili-Bolotin

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Abstract

Using data from large scale Annual Social Surveys of the CBS in Israel, the current research focused on trends of internet adoption and digital uses among the senior population in the past decade (2003-2012). The research goal was to identify the socio-demographic characteristics predicting internet access and digital uses and to examine whether the effects of these factors changed over time. During the decade the rate of internet access and digital uses increased continuously among the senior population, however the gap between them and the younger (20-64) age group was not eliminated; in fact it increased but only slightly. Our findings make it possible to identify disadvantaged groups in which being a senior intersects with additional risk factors: Arabs, immigrants, religious people, respondents from low socio-economic background and people with health problems. These findings are important for policy makers who attempt to promote internet use among Israeli older adults. Focusing on disadvantaged groups and implementing our specific recommendations may have beneficial effects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-63
Number of pages20
JournalPoetics
Volume52
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2015

Keywords

  • Capital-enhancing internet use
  • Digital divide
  • Ethnicity
  • Repeated cross-sectional study
  • Senior population

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