The impact of technology on older adults' social isolation

Khosravi, Pouria, Rezvani, Azadeh, & Wiewiora, Anna (2016) The impact of technology on older adults' social isolation. Computers in Human Behavior, 63, pp. 594-603.

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Research indicates that social isolation and loneliness have a negative effect on health and wellbeing among older people. Various technology-based interventions have been offered to reduce social isolation; however, research demonstrating the role of various types of technologies and their effectiveness in dealing with social isolation among seniors is scarce. This study undertakes a systematic literature review of empirical studies on various types of technologies and their effectiveness in alleviating social isolation among seniors. Relevant electronic databases were searched and through 6886 initial set of studies published from 2000 to 2015 we have found eight different technologies that have been applied to alleviate social isolation, namely, general ICT, video game, robotics, personal reminder information and social management system, asynchronous peer support chat room, social network sites, Telecare and 3D virtual environment. We further evaluated the effectiveness of the technologies with social isolation among seniors. Findings show that technologies can be used to reduce social isolation among seniors. However, more studies are needed to evaluate the effectiveness of new technologies.

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ID Code: 95916
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Assistive technology, ICT, loneliness, social isolation, older adults
DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2016.05.092
ISSN: 0747-5632
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Elsevier Ltd.
Copyright Statement: Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution; Non-Commercial; No-Derivatives 4.0 International. DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2016.05.092
Deposited On: 02 Jun 2016 02:49
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2017 16:39

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