Designing social networking sites for older adults

Lorna Gibson, Wendy Moncur, Paula Forbes, John Arnott, Chris Martin, Amritpal Bhachu

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    The importance of older adults' social networks in providing practical, emotional and informational support is well documented. In this paper, we reflect on the personal social networks of older adults, and the shortcomings of existing online Social Networking Sites (SNSs) in supporting their needs. We report findings from ethnographic interviews, focus groups and hands-on demonstrations with older adults, where we find key themes affecting adoption of SNSs. We then consider design aspects that should be taken into account for future SNSs, if they are to meet the preferences of older users.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationBCS '10
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 24th BCS Interaction Specialist Group Conference
    EditorsTom McEwan, Lachlan McKinnon
    PublisherBritish Computer Society
    Number of pages9
    ISBN (Print)9781780171302
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    EventBritish Computer Society Conference on Human-Computer Interaction - Dundee, United Kingdom
    Duration: 6 Sept 201010 Sept 2010


    ConferenceBritish Computer Society Conference on Human-Computer Interaction
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    City Dundee


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