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Risk and benefit perceptions: Resistance, adoption and uses of ICT among the Italian elderly
chapterposted on 2016-06-21, 00:00 authored by S Carlo, Matteo VerganiMatteo Vergani
This paper presents the main results of a national survey on active aging, with a sample of 900 Italians between 65 and 74 years of age. The research attempted to understand the role of ICT in the daily life of the elderly, in the attempt to answer the following questions: (1) What are the differences between the connected and not connected elderly? (2) What are the perceived risks and opportunities identified by older ICT users? This paper investigates the complex relationship between the elderly and technology, going beyond both deterministic approaches and optimistic analyses of the use (and non-use) of the Internet among elderly Italians.