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Cognitive Pressure On Older People When Using Digital Technology

Marko Vidnjevič
Alma Mater Europaea - ECM

In today's society, the older people are involved in the rapid development of digital technology and smart devices. They are facing with various forms of digital challenges in acquiring new skills. Information and communication technology represents great potential as an aid in the care of the elderly in an increasingly aging society. With the empirical qualitative research, we wanted to explore the view of the elderly on the use of digital devices. With research questions, we wanted to explore their use of digital devices as well as their satisfaction and independence and access to the Internet. We were interested in their views on the importance of communication during the Covid-19 pandemic and their opinion on using digital technology. The study involved 28 elderly people who answered questions from a semi-structured interview between October 2020 and April 2021. The qualitative content analysis showed three important aspects, namely: independence in the use of digital devices, criticism of new technology and the importance and necessity for education. The fact is, that autonomy and the use of digital devices are declining with age. During the time of social isolation, digital devices gained in importance, especially for the oldest research participants. On the surveyed elderly people we found a critical attitude towards digital media in connection with harmfulness, control and alienation. The findings of the paper are a cue to reflect that digital technology has great positive potential in combination with a humane society who is seriously committed to investing in resources for the care of the elderly people.



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