Elderly Users’ Perspective on the Use of Technology in Daily Life: A Comparative Study of a sample in the UK and Brazil
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Elderly Users’ Perspective on the Use of Technology in Daily Life: A Comparative Study of a sample in the UK and Brazil (with da Silva Santana, C.), Iberoamerican Journal of Artificial Intelligence. Vol.18 (55), pp. 35-49, doi: 10.4114/ia.v18i55.1101.
This paper investigated the perceptions of sample composed by British and Brazilian adults and older people on the use of electronic devices in their daily lives. This is an exploratory, cross-sectional, descriptive study involving 100 adults and elderly subjects, 50 Brazilian and 50 British adults. The data collection included a social-economic questionnaire; an IDLA index – the Lawton & Brody scale (1969), and a self-reported and a structured questionnaire. The results show that exposure time to technology had a positive impact during the most advanced phases of usage, which was supported by reports of fewer difficulties in the use of such devices, a feeling of greater confidence, and a sense of belonging to the modern world. The frequency in the use electronic devices in daily life, the ability to use them, use perception in public as a stressful experience were shown to be the main differences between the British and Brazilian groups. Both are not comfortable in modern society, complain of unsuitable appliances and refer to their lack of contact with these devices in the past.
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