Surfing the net in later life: A review of the literature and pilot study of computer use and quality of life


Journal Article (Review)

The Internet offers new opportunities for communication that can help older adults avoid social isolation. Although elders may need more time and assistance in learning computer systems, many are embracing this new technology. There is growing potential not only for recreation and communication through the Internet but also the delivery of services. This study examines the feasibility of providing Internet and electronic mail access to older adults in a retirement community and the extent to which this improves psychosocial well-being. In contrast to members of a comparison group, a trend toward decreased loneliness was observed among participants. In addition, the number of computer-related problems decreased and use of the applications increased throughout the study. These preliminary results support the feasibility of implementing computer-based interventions with the potential of improving psychosocial well-being among older adults.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • White, H; McConnell, E; Clipp, E; Bynum, L; Teague, C; Navas, L; Craven, S; Halbrecht, H

Published Date

  • January 1, 1999

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 18 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 358 - 378

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0733-4648

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/073346489901800306

Citation Source

  • Scopus