Gendering old age: the role of mobile phones in the experience of aging for women

Carla Ganito*

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Abstract

Although the mobile phone is currently one of the most pervasive communication technologies, little discussion of it has been framed within a gender perspective and fewer of those discussions from an aging perspective. The study focuses on older women as a meaningful group; one that is constantly underrepresented in academic and commercial studies of the mobile phone. The focus of the research is on the use of the mobile phone by older Portuguese women using a Life Course approach. The key findings are that the mobile phone has different roles and affordances depending on women’s life stages. If it is true that young women show a higher pre-disposition to a more diversified and intense use of the mobile phone, older women do not always correspond to the stereotype of lack of interest or skills, on the contrary the mobile phone seems to play a very important role in many of these older women’s lives.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman aspects of IT for the aged population. Acceptance, communication and participation - 4th International Conference, ITAP 2018, Held as Part of HCI International 2018, Proceedings
EditorsGavriel Salvendy, Gavriel Salvendy, Jia Zhou, Gavriel Salvendy
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages40-51
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9783319920337
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
Event4th International Conference on Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population, ITAP 2018 Held as Part of HCI International 2018 - Las Vegas, United States
Duration: 15 Jul 201820 Jul 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume10926 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference4th International Conference on Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population, ITAP 2018 Held as Part of HCI International 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityLas Vegas
Period15/07/1820/07/18

Keywords

  • Gendering
  • Life course
  • Mobile phones
  • Older women

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