Subjective technology adaptivity predicts technology use in old age

Journal article
(Original article)

Publication Details

Author(s): Kamin S, Lang F, Beyer A
Journal: Gerontology
Publication year: 2017
ISSN: 1423-0003
Language: English


Background: To date, not much is known about the psychological and motivational factors underlying technology use in late life. What are the interindividual determinants that lead older adults to invest in using technological innovations despite the age-related physiological changes that impose challenges on behavioral plasticity in everyday life?

Objective: This research explores interindividual differences in subjective technology adaptivity - a general technology-related motivational resource that accounts for technology use in late life. More specifically, we investigate the influence of this factor relative to demographic characteristics, personality traits, and functional limitations in a longitudinal sample of community-dwelling older adults.

Methods: We report results from a paper-and-pencil survey with 136 older adults between 59 and 92 years of age (mean = 71.4, SD = 7.4). Of those participants, 77 participated in a 2-year follow-up. We assessed self-reports of technology use, subjective technology adaptivity, functional limitations, and the personality traits openness to new experiences and neuroticism.

Results: Higher levels of subjective technology adaptivity were associated with technology use at the first measurement as well as increased use over the course of 2 years.

Conclusions: Subjective technology adaptivity is a significant predictor of technology use in old age. Our findings contribute to improving the understanding of interindividual differences when using technological innovation in late life. Moreover, our findings have implications in the context of user involvement and may contribute to the successful development of innovative technology for older adults. 

FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Beyer, Anja Dr.
Institut für Psychogerontologie
Kamin, Stefan Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Psychogerontologie
Lang, Frieder Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Psychogerontologie

Research Fields

Aging and Technology
Lehrstuhl für Psychogerontologie

How to cite

Kamin, S., Lang, F., & Beyer, A. (2017). Subjective technology adaptivity predicts technology use in old age. Gerontology.

Kamin, Stefan, Frieder Lang, and Anja Beyer. "Subjective technology adaptivity predicts technology use in old age." Gerontology (2017).


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