Processing speed and vocabulary are related to older adults’ internet experiences

Jennifer Romano Bergstrom, Erica Olmsted-Hawala, Wendy A. Rogers

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Abstract

Some cognitive declines commonly occur with aging; yet they are seldom taken into account by Website designers and User Experience (UX) researchers. In this empirical study, we compared younger adults, middle-age adults, high-functioning older adults, and low-functioning older adults to examine whether there is a relationship between aspects of cognition and performance when using a Website. Performance was measured by accuracy (percent of tasks completed successfully), efficiency (mean time to complete tasks) and self-rated satisfaction, three commonly used usability metrics. Results suggest that processing speed and vocabulary may be related to Internet performance. Specifically, older adults with faster processing speed and/or high vocabulary may perform better than their lower-functioning counterparts. More importantly, these older adults perform similar to younger adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHuman Aspects of IT for the Aged Population
Subtitle of host publicationDesign for Aging - 1st International Conference, ITAP 2015 Held as Part of HCI International 2015, Proceedings
EditorsGavriel Salvendy, Gavriel Salvendy, Jia Zhou
PublisherSpringer-Verlag
Pages354-364
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9783319208916
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event1st International Conference on Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population, ITAP 2015 Held as Part of 17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2015 - Los Angeles, United States
Duration: Aug 2 2015Aug 7 2015

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume9193
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Other

Other1st International Conference on Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population, ITAP 2015 Held as Part of 17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2015
CountryUnited States
CityLos Angeles
Period8/2/158/7/15

Keywords

  • Aging
  • Cognition
  • Computers
  • Internet
  • Technology
  • Usability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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    Bergstrom, J. R., Olmsted-Hawala, E., & Rogers, W. A. (2015). Processing speed and vocabulary are related to older adults’ internet experiences. In G. Salvendy, G. Salvendy, & J. Zhou (Eds.), Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population: Design for Aging - 1st International Conference, ITAP 2015 Held as Part of HCI International 2015, Proceedings (pp. 354-364). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 9193). Springer-Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-20892-3_35