Computer Usage Patterns of University Faculty Members Across the Life Span

Gabriel K. Rousseau, W. A. Rogers

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine age-related trends in computer utilization. Faculty members at a southeastern university completed a questionnaire regarding their use of computers in general and a specific computer application, the on-line library system at the campus library. The 521 respondents were divided into four age groups (ages 25-34, 35-44, 45-54, and 55-64 years). At least 90% of each age group reported using computers weekly or more, but older faculty members did not use as many different computer applications as the younger cohorts. All age groups were equally familiar with the on-line library system, but the older respondents reported being less comfortable using it. The older faculty members appeared to be selective in the computer applications they used and were interested in receiving training on the library system. There was little evidence that these older individuals were avoidant of new technology. The results are discussed in light of common stereotypes of older adults and their technology utilization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)417-428
Number of pages12
JournalComputers in Human Behavior
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 7 1998
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Age
  • Age differences
  • Computer usage
  • Faculty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Psychology(all)

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