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Maya Lall

Holton-Arms SchoolClass of 2023Bethesda, Maryland

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  • "Among emailing, using Zoom, navigating the Internet, and writing documents online, which technology functions are senior citizens the least comfortable with? How does technology proficiency vary by age, health status, household size, and number of children?" with mentor Alexander (Working project)

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Among emailing, using Zoom, navigating the Internet, and writing documents online, which technology functions are senior citizens the least comfortable with? How does technology proficiency vary by age, health status, household size, and number of children?

Started Aug. 1, 2022

Abstract or project description

As technology advances, the intergenerational technology gap widens. Older adults who did not grow up with technology have difficulty navigating the online world and are left frustrated and isolated. We investigated technology usage among older adults ages 65 and older, focusing on their comfortability with everyday functions on a device and the relationship between technology proficiency and demographic variables. We hypothesized that seniors were the least comfortable with using Zoom and writing documents online compared to other technology functions. We also hypothesized that seniors who were 85 and older were less proficient with technology compared to seniors who were younger than 85, seniors with medical issues were less proficient with technology compared to healthy seniors, seniors who lived alone were less proficient with technology compared to seniors who lived with one or more people, and seniors who had one child were less proficient with technology compared to seniors who had more than one child. We conducted a 31-question telephone survey among 28 older adults. JASP, a statistical-analysis platform, was used to obtain inferential and descriptive statistics. Insert results and implications here.