Older Adults and Computer Usage:

Common Activities and Essential Applications

APCHI 2012


The global aging population changed the landscape of the information technology industry. Older adults as computer and Internet users are becoming the fastest growing segment in the world today. In this paper, we conducted an interview and contextual inquiry study with computer literate older adults to find out about their computer use, specifically on applications and their motivations behind it. We also describe the challenges they face, and the strategies for solving them. The goal is to highlight the pattern of usage observed in certain applications which was scarcely covered in previous studies, so as to design simplified interfaces for older adults.


older adults, Human-computer Interaction


Proceedings of the 10th asia pacific conference on Computer human interaction

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Melissa Wong, Kristal Chan, Niti Madhugiri, and Shengdong Zhao