Schlomann, Anna, Seifert, Alexander ORCID: 0000-0003-3124-4588, Zank, Susanne, Woopen, Christiane and Rietz, Christian (2020). Use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Devices Among the Oldest-Old: Loneliness, Anomie, and Autonomy. Innov. Aging, 4 (2). OXFORD: OXFORD UNIV PRESS. ISSN 2399-5300

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Abstract

Background and Objectives: A good person-environment-fit has positive effects on well-being in old age. As digital technologies are an integral part of older adults' environments, we predicted that the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) is associated with subjective well-being among the oldest-old. Specifically, we compared different user groups of ICT devices (nonusers, users of nonweb-connected ICT, users of web-connected ICT) and analyzed the relations among ICT use and three domains of subjective well-being (loneliness, anomie, autonomy). Research Design and Methods: We performed a quantitative data analysis using data from the first representative statewide survey study in North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany on quality of life and well-being of the oldest-old (n = 1,698; age range: 80-103; 9% long-term care). Multiple regression analyses were applied. Results: The findings revealed that 25.9% of all individuals aged 80 years and older reported using web-connected ICT, in contrast to 38.5% who do not use ICT at all. Individuals who used web-connected ICT reported lower levels of loneliness and anomie, and higher levels of autonomy. These differences remain significant when controlling for indicators of social inclusion and individual characteristics. Discussion and Implications: This study investigated an underexplored group in terms of ICT use, shedding light on the relationship between ICT use and subjective well-being. The oldest-old generally use ICT in their everyday life but an agerelated digital divide still exists. To avoid negative consequences of nonuse digital infrastructures and technology training for older adults need to be established.

Item Type: Journal Article
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCIDORCID Put Code
Schlomann, AnnaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Seifert, AlexanderUNSPECIFIEDorcid.org/0000-0003-3124-4588UNSPECIFIED
Zank, SusanneUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Woopen, ChristianeUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Rietz, ChristianUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-350777
DOI: 10.1093/geroni/igz050
Journal or Publication Title: Innov. Aging
Volume: 4
Number: 2
Date: 2020
Publisher: OXFORD UNIV PRESS
Place of Publication: OXFORD
ISSN: 2399-5300
Language: English
Faculty: Unspecified
Divisions: Unspecified
Subjects: no entry
Uncontrolled Keywords:
KeywordsLanguage
INTERNET USE; ADULTS; WELL; DEPRESSION; AGENDAMultiple languages
Geriatrics & GerontologyMultiple languages
URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/35077

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