Smartphone and Digital Home Assistant Use Among Older Adults: Understanding Adoption and Learning Preferences

Maurita T. Harris, Kenneth A. Blocker, Wendy A. Rogers

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Smart technologies have increased dramatically within the last decade. Their availability has improved opportunities for productivity, health, and entertainment, and this is especially true for technologies that act as central hubs to link other devices and applications that expand their capabilities (e.g., smartphones and digital home assistants). Older adults may significantly benefit from integrating these devices into their lives to mitigate the various challenges they face with increasing age (e.g., cognitive, mobility changes). To understand the potential of these technologies for this population, we investigated use patterns, learning preferences, and other perceptions related to the adoption of these devices. Seventy older adult participants responded to an online survey regarding their use and preferences with smartphones and digital home assistants. The results informed our understanding of current adoption rates as well as provided key perspectives to inform their design for older adults.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)742-746
JournalProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 2021

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