English title: Are Internet and Social Network Usage Associated with Wellbeing and Social Inclusion of Seniors? – The Third Age Online Survey on Digital Media Use in Three European Countries

Author(s): Dirk Richter - Stijn Bannier - Ruediger Glott - Markus Marquard - Thomas Schwarze -

Language: English

Type: Book chapter

Year: 2013

Abstract

Research on the psychosocial effects of Internet and social network usage in seniors is either contradictory or sparse. As part of the Third Age Online project, this paper reports a cross-sectional survey conducted in Germany, the Netherlands and in Switzerland. The survey, utilizing regression analysis, examined whether or not social inclusion and mental wellbeing were predictors of Internet usage and social network usage. Results showed that social inclusion variables were associated with both Internet usage and social network usage. Internet usage was associated with respondents who were both less and more socially included. Mental wellbeing was positively related to Internet usage but not to social network usage. In further studies, longitudinal designs are needed to reveal the directions of causality between Internet/social network usage and mental wellbeing/social inclusion.

From page no: 211

To page no: 220

Anthology: Universal access in human-computer interaction: 7th international conference, UAHCI 2013, held as part of HCI International 2013