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.
|Title of host publication||BCS '10|
|Subtitle of host publication||Proceedings of the 24th BCS Interaction Specialist Group Conference|
|Editors||Tom McEwan, Lachlan McKinnon|
|Publisher||British Computer Society|
|Number of pages||9|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|
|Event||British Computer Society Conference on Human-Computer Interaction - Dundee, United Kingdom|
Duration: 6 Sep 2010 → 10 Sep 2010
|Conference||British Computer Society Conference on Human-Computer Interaction|
|Period||6/09/10 → 10/09/10|
Gibson, L., Moncur, W., Forbes, P., Arnott, J., Martin, C., & Bhachu, A. (2010). Designing social networking sites for older adults. In T. McEwan, & L. McKinnon (Eds.), BCS '10: Proceedings of the 24th BCS Interaction Specialist Group Conference (pp. 186-194). British Computer Society.