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Silver Surfers Search for Gold: a Study Into the Online Information-Seeking Skills of Those Over Fifty


Morrison, R, Silver Surfers Search for Gold: a Study Into the Online Information-Seeking Skills of Those Over Fifty, Ageing International, 40, (3) pp. 300-310. ISSN 0163-5158 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s12126-015-9224-4


Older adults are now the fastest growing population of online users the world over (Olson et al. Ageing International, 36(1), 123145, 2011). Encouraging data continues to emerge regarding the rate of Internet adoption among those over fifty in particular (Hernandez-Encuentra et al. Educational Gerontology, 35(3), 226245, 2009). Yet questions as to the effectiveness of such use and of training designed to advance the skills of our senior surfers continue to go unanswered. While a great deal has been written on seniors and technology in general, very few studies Bregarding age and its influence on search behaviour^ can be found (Singer et al. 2012). This paper uses Literature Review as a method to scope and define this gap. The need for future research that specifically addresses online searching behaviours and effective training in this area for those over fifty is discussed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:ICT; Seniors; Computer use; Google; Search behaviour; Digital immigrant
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Data management and data science
Research Field:Information retrieval and web search
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Ageing and older people
UTAS Author:Morrison, R (Dr Renee Morrison)
ID Code:130828
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2019-02-14
Last Modified:2019-03-15

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