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Towards your Parents' Social Network Platform: Design of a User Interface for the Age of Retirement

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Title:Towards your Parents' Social Network Platform: Design of a User Interface for the Age of Retirement
Authors:Boll, Friederike
Brune, Philipp
Gewald, Heiko
Keywords:User-Centered Design
Elderly People
Online Social Networks
UI Development
Graphical User Interface
Date Issued:04 Jan 2017
Abstract:Most developed countries face an aging population, leading to various challenges due to this demo-graphic change. On average, people turn from working life to retirement at the age of 65. Related changes in their social environment threat their health, i.e. due to perceived social exclusion. Online Social Networks (OSN) may help them to overcome this problem. However, usability issues due to user interfaces (UI) perceived as inconsistent and con-fusing among other reasons prevent their adoption by the elderly so far. While UI design for elderly people has been discussed in the literature, few results exist on the 'younger' transition agers be-tween 55-75. Therefore, in the present paper an approach for the design of UI for OSN specific for transition agers is presented and evaluated in a qualitative study. The results indicate that with specific, but not extraordinary UI adjustments, OSN could be made easily usable and more attractive for them.
Pages/Duration:10 pages
Rights:Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
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