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The rise of the 'silver surfer' : online social networking and social inclusion for older adults

Doyle, Christina and Goldingay, Sophie 2012, The rise of the 'silver surfer' : online social networking and social inclusion for older adults, Journal of social inclusion, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 40-54.

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Title The rise of the 'silver surfer' : online social networking and social inclusion for older adults
Author(s) Doyle, Christina
Goldingay, Sophie
Journal name Journal of social inclusion
Volume number 3
Issue number 2
Start page 40
End page 54
Total pages 15
Publisher Griffith University, School of Human Services and Social Work
Place of publication Meadowbrook, Qld.
Publication date 2012
ISSN 1836-8808
Keyword(s) older adults
social networking
social inclusion
internet
social isolation
wellbeing
Summary As the proportion of older adults continues to grow in many Western countries, there are increasing concerns about how to meet their needs. Ensuring social connectedness and inclusion is one way to support older adults’ wellbeing. Online social networking has become common place amongst younger age groups, suggesting its possible usefulness for older adults, in order to combat isolation and loneliness. Some quantitative studies have already explored the amount and degree of online social networking amongst older adults. To add further understanding of how older adults experience social inclusion via the internet, the current qualitative study aimed to explore older adults’ subjective experience of online social networking. Findings demonstrated a number of supports and barriers to social inclusion which reflect barriers to social inclusion of older adults in the non-virtual world. Recommendations to support social inclusion of isolated older adults via online social networking are suggested.
Language eng
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Griffith University, School of Human Services and Social Work
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