ABSTRACT

Scholarship on the use of media at older ages, while not an emerging field, is an area that has received increasing attention in recent years due to the ubiquity of digital media in today’s society. Primarily arising in the disciplines of computer science, information science and gerontology, this research offers sharp contrasts to digital media use studies that are undertaken from the perspectives of the young. Studies of youth and young adults often provide views of user attitudes and emerging practices and acknowledgement of the widespread engagement in digital media at these ages. Research on these populations frequently highlights opportunities for future platform development and underexplored dimensions of values and norms or the individual user social and psychological characteristics that are invoked or exploited during use.