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Department

Anthropology

Disciplines

Social and Cultural Anthropology

Abstract

As a person’s age increases, their use of technology decreases (Casado-Muñoz, 2015), which can hinder their access to resources, such as medical care, online products and services, and basic communication. Previous research shows that if seniors have higher education levels and willingness to learn, they are more likely to use technology (Bailey & Sheehan, 2009). This project used the cultural evolution theory and social learning to examine how education levels affect a senior’s use of technology, and how their willingness to learn affects their adoption of mobile technology. Seventy individuals were surveyed, aged 65 years or older: 45 individuals enrolled currently in educational courses and 25 individuals who are not. Although there were no significant findings found, this research gives a deeper understanding of the factors that influence technology use in seniors, and how to encourage such usage.

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Faculty Mentor

Dr. Kathryn Demps