Older Adults' Use of Online Neighborhood Social Networks: Perceptions, Challenges and Effects

dc.contributor.author Vogel, Pascal
dc.contributor.author Grotherr, Christian
dc.contributor.author Von Mandelsloh, Franziska
dc.contributor.author Gaidys, Uta
dc.contributor.author Böhmann, Tilo
dc.date.accessioned 2020-12-24T19:48:32Z
dc.date.available 2020-12-24T19:48:32Z
dc.date.issued 2021-01-05
dc.description.abstract Online social networks (OSNs) have demonstrated potential for enabling older adults to remain socially connected and for counteracting social isolation and loneliness. With older adults preferring to age in place, their local community and neighborhood gain in importance. Online neighborhood social networks (ONSNs) are a novel type of OSN aimed at connecting local communities by facilitating social interaction, information sharing and peer support among neighbors. With a focus on trust and privacy, local relevance and integration with local organizations and institutions, they might be particularly well suited for the needs of older adults. We investigate the relationship between older adults and ONSNs by analyzing usage data, an online survey and interviews with users of an ONSN active in two urban neighborhoods in Germany. Our findings show that the case ONSN was successful in facilitating communication between neighbors and in promoting participation in community life for older adults.
dc.format.extent 10 pages
dc.identifier.doi 10.24251/HICSS.2021.474
dc.identifier.isbn 978-0-9981331-4-0
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/71090
dc.language.iso English
dc.relation.ispartof Proceedings of the 54th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.subject Seniors' Use of Digital Resources
dc.subject age-friendly design
dc.subject evaluation
dc.subject older adults
dc.subject online neighborhood social networks
dc.subject social media
dc.title Older Adults' Use of Online Neighborhood Social Networks: Perceptions, Challenges and Effects
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