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Benefits and Pitfalls in Utilization of the Internet by Elderly People

Libuse Svobodova
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Miloslava Cerna
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The role of advanced technologies is being discussed in public, academic and government environments. The paper deals with the current issue of computer literacy in the elderly people with focus not only on benefits but also on pitfalls connected with their use. The paper brings an insight into the technical literature review. It strives to summarize key beneficial outcomes and contrary unexpected obstacles which elderly people face when they use information and communication technology. A set of examples as practical demonstrations of real computer usage by elderly people illustrates the issue on the national scene. The research was run to explore the computer literacy in elderly people from three perspectives, roughly corresponding to three kinds of elderly people reflecting their physical and mental state. Findings from the surveys which were conducted with a group of elderly respondents in the senior homes and findings from the interview with a young lector teaching old generation show the issue in the local city environment. A question on benefits of organized course for the elderly from the questionnaire explores the survey from four perspectives and brings enriching findings. Findings from literature review correspond to findings gained from the research. Positive attributes of active utilization of the Internet contribute to active ageing, to the combat of the feelings of social isolation and loneliness.
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Libuse Svobodova, Miloslava Cerna. Benefits and Pitfalls in Utilization of the Internet by Elderly People. 16th Conference on e-Business, e-Services and e-Society (I3E), Nov 2017, Delhi, India. pp.135-146, ⟨10.1007/978-3-319-68557-1_13⟩. ⟨hal-01768495⟩
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