Title

Older Adults' Current and Potential Uses of Information Technologies in a Changing World: A Theoretical Perspective

Publication Date

12-1-2014

Document Type

Article

Abstract

Technologies have become a major force in people's lives. They change how people interact with the environment, even as the environment changes. We propose that technology use in the setting of changing environments is motivated by essential needs and tensions experienced by the individual. We apply three developmental and behavioral theories (Erikson's stages of psychosocial development, Maslow's hierarchy of needs, and Bronfenbrenner's ecological model) to explain technology-related behaviors among older adults. We consider how technology use has addressed and can address major ecological changes, in three areas: health promotion, natural disasters, and disparities. We propose that considering these theories can help researchers and developers ensure that technologies will help promote a healthier world for older adults.

Publication Title

International Journal of Aging & Human Development

Volume

80

Issue

1

First Page

41

Last Page

63

DOI

10.1177/0091415015591109

Version

pre-print, post-print

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