Predictors of seniors' interest in assistive applications on smartphones : evidence from a population-based survey in Slovenia
Petrovčič, Andraž (Author), Peek, Sebastiaan (Author), Dolničar, Vesna (Author)

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Assistive applications (apps) on smartphones could contribute to a better quality of life for seniors living independently at home. At present, there is a lack of empirical evidence of seniors' acceptance of such apps. The Cycle of Technology Acquirement by Independent-Living Seniors (C-TAILS) model was recently proposed for studying the interplay between acceptance factors by integrating the personal, social and technological domains of seniors' daily lives. This study aimed to explore how four groups of factors, clustered in accordance with the C-TAILS model, predict seniors' interest in assistive apps, on a representative sample of the Slovenian population aged 55 years or older. The 617 respondents, who were contacted though a telephone survey, answered a questionnaire about their interest in three groups of assistive apps and four groups of potentially associated acceptance factors. Three linear regression models were used to analyse the association between the factors and the seniors' interest in the three types of assistive apps. Smartphone-related dispositional traits were the strongest predictors across all three models. Among mobile phone usage patterns, smartphone use and the breadth of mobile phone features used were significant factors, while the significance of seniors' personal characteristics and socio-economic conditions varied across the models. Hence, awareness that these factors play different roles in the acceptance of different assistive apps is needed in order to design viable interventions for their acceptance among seniors.

Keywords:acceptance factors, assistive applications, C-TAILS model, population-based survey, seniors, smartphones
Work type:Article (dk_c)
Tipology:1.01 - Original Scientific Article
Organization:FDV - Faculty of Social Sciences
Number of pages:14 str.
Numbering:Vol. 16, iss. 9, art. 1623
ISSN on article:1660-4601
DOI:10.3390/ijerph16091623 This link opens in a new window
COBISS.SI-ID:36135517 This link opens in a new window
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Title:International journal of environmental research and public health
Shortened title:Int. j. environ. res. public health
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Document is financed by a project

Funder:ARRS - Agencija za raziskovalno dejavnost Republike Slovenije (ARRS)
Project no.:L5-6818
Name:Digitalna vključenost in aktivno staranje: Razvoj k uporabnikom usmerjenega metodološkega pristopa za preučevanje uporabe mobilne telefonije med starejšimi posamezniki

Funder:ARRS - Agencija za raziskovalno dejavnost Republike Slovenije (ARRS)
Project no.:L5-7626
Name:Pametne IKT rešitve za aktivno in zdravo staranje: Integriranje storitev neformalne e-oskrbe v Sloveniji

Funder:ARRS - Agencija za raziskovalno dejavnost Republike Slovenije (ARRS)
Project no.:L5-9337
Name:Razumevanje in analiza potreb uporabnikov za razvoj e-storitev integrirane socialne in zdravstvene oskrbe v družbi staranja

Funder:ARRS - Agencija za raziskovalno dejavnost Republike Slovenije (ARRS)
Project no.:P5-0399
Name:Internetno raziskovanje


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Licensing start date:09.05.2019

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