Participation of older adults in cyberspace: How Australian older adults use the Internet

Authors

  • Shima Sum,

    1. Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; and Babol University of Medical Sciences, Babol, Iran
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  • R Mark Mathews,

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    1. Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
      Professor R Mark Mathews, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney. Email: m.mathews@usyd.edu.au
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  • Ian Hughes

    1. Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Professor R Mark Mathews, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney. Email: m.mathews@usyd.edu.au

Abstract

Aim:  The present study explores how Australian older adults use the Internet.

Method:  Older adults were recruited online to complete an online survey.

Results:  Participants primarily used the Internet for interpersonal communication, followed by information seeking, commerce and entertainment.

Conclusion:  The Internet is an important technology in helping older adults lead independent and social lives.

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