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Impact of the use of the internet on quality of life in older adults: review of literature

Impact of the use of the internet on quality of life in older adults: review of literature
Impact of the use of the internet on quality of life in older adults: review of literature
Aim: Given the paucity of data on the use of internet and quality of life, this literature review aimed to to identify the motivations and barriers for internet use and the impact on quality of life on older adults using the internet.

Background: Even though older adults are increasingly using information technology, the numbers remain quite small globally. Currently published research primarily focuses on the various ways and methods of information technology use by older adults and the factors influencing use rather than on the impact of information technology on quality of life of older adults.

Methods: The studies included in this literature review were searched in three databases: WEB of Science, GoogleScholar and PubMed. English language articles were searched using the terms “older”, “elderly” “senior” “well-being” “life satisfaction” “quality of life” “internet”, and “computer”.

Findings: The review demonstrated the association of internet use on quality of life in older adults. The majority of the studies substantiate the advantages of internet use by older adults including the ability to communicate with family and friends, maintain a wide social network, have access to information and participate in online leisure activities. There are some studies, though less in number, which did not find a relationship between wellbeing and use of internet by older adults. The policy implications of this review advocate a multi-dimensional strategy to support internet use by the older people incorporating internet training and education, financial issues, technical support and access needs to be developed.
Internet, information technology, older people, quality of life
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Aggarwal, Bhumika
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Xiong, Qian
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Schröder-Butterfill, Elisabeth
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Aggarwal, Bhumika
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Xiong, Qian
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Schröder-Butterfill, Elisabeth
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Aggarwal, Bhumika, Xiong, Qian and Schröder-Butterfill, Elisabeth (2020) Impact of the use of the internet on quality of life in older adults: review of literature. Primary Health Care Research & Development, 21 (e55). (doi:10.1017/S1463423620000584).

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Aim: Given the paucity of data on the use of internet and quality of life, this literature review aimed to to identify the motivations and barriers for internet use and the impact on quality of life on older adults using the internet.

Background: Even though older adults are increasingly using information technology, the numbers remain quite small globally. Currently published research primarily focuses on the various ways and methods of information technology use by older adults and the factors influencing use rather than on the impact of information technology on quality of life of older adults.

Methods: The studies included in this literature review were searched in three databases: WEB of Science, GoogleScholar and PubMed. English language articles were searched using the terms “older”, “elderly” “senior” “well-being” “life satisfaction” “quality of life” “internet”, and “computer”.

Findings: The review demonstrated the association of internet use on quality of life in older adults. The majority of the studies substantiate the advantages of internet use by older adults including the ability to communicate with family and friends, maintain a wide social network, have access to information and participate in online leisure activities. There are some studies, though less in number, which did not find a relationship between wellbeing and use of internet by older adults. The policy implications of this review advocate a multi-dimensional strategy to support internet use by the older people incorporating internet training and education, financial issues, technical support and access needs to be developed.

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Accepted/In Press date: 3 November 2020
Published date: 2 December 2020
Keywords: Internet, information technology, older people, quality of life

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Local EPrints ID: 445102
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/445102
ISSN: 1463-4236
PURE UUID: 245a37ae-fb2c-4a1a-b084-097395c50ae2
ORCID for Elisabeth Schröder-Butterfill: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-5071-8710

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Date deposited: 19 Nov 2020 17:32
Last modified: 28 Apr 2022 01:57

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Author: Bhumika Aggarwal
Author: Qian Xiong

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