Experiential Value of Technologies: A Qualitative Study with Older Adults

Shital Desai*, Colleen McGrath, Heather McNeil, Heidi Sveistrup, Josephine McMurray, Arlene Astell

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This study investigated the experiences of older adults with technologies they own and determined how they value them. Thirty-seven older adults participated in a Show and Tell cocreation session at a one-day workshop. Participants described why they loved or abandoned technologies they own. Their responses were recorded and analysed using Atlas.ti 22.0.0. Seven main themes representing experiential value in older adults emerged from the analysis: Convenience, Economy, Learning and Support, Currency of Technology, Privacy and Security, Emotions and Identity aspects of their experiences. This qualitative study has resulted in implications to design that recommends (a) Design for product ecosystems with technologies and services well-coordinated and synchronized to facilitate use of the technology (b) Create awareness and information on privacy and security issues and technical language associated with it (c) Make anti-virus and anti-phishing software accessible to older population (d) Design technologies as tools that allow older adults to identify themselves in the community and family (e) Create services that make technologies and services in the ecosystem affordable for the older adults. The outcomes of this study are significant as they provide recommendations that target systemic issues which present barriers in the use of technology.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2235
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 16 Feb 2022
Externally publishedYes

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