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Smartphone use and internet literacy of senior citizens

ABSTRACT

Journal of Assistive Technologies, Volume 10, Issue 1, March 2016. Purpose This study analyzes the effects of smartphone use on the Internet literacy and use by senior citizens. Design/methodology/approach Empirical Study. Findings The results indicate that the use of smartphones does significantly impact the Internet literacy and use of elderly individuals. Educational background and the duration of smartphone use enhance the ability of seniors to use the Internet. Research limitations/implications A similar study can be conducted in other different countries and see the effect (if any) of national cultures and the type/purpose of usage of the Internet; an expansion of this research, with a larger sample size, and more variables would shed greater insight on this important topic. Practical implications Study provide suggestions to governments, in cooperation with the private sectors, on how to diminish the digital divide for senior citizens not only to improve their well-being, but also because seniors are an important resource that contributes to society financially and intellectually. Originality/value This study contributes in the digital divide research: (digital divide) for senior citizens, contributing factors, and the importance of decreasing it.