Location tracking: views from the older adult population

Thomas, Lisa, Little, Linda, Briggs, Pamela, McInnes, Lynn, Jones, Emma and Nicholson, James (2013) Location tracking: views from the older adult population. Age and Ageing, 42 (6). pp. 758-763. ISSN 0002-0729

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Background: there has been a rise in the use of social media applications that allow people to see where friends, family and nearby services are located. Yet while uptake has been high for younger people, adoption by older adults is relatively slow, despite the potential health and social benefits. In this paper, we explore the barriers to acceptance of location-based services (LBS) in a community of older adults.

Objective: to understand attitudes to LBS technologies in older adults.

Methods: eighty-six older adults used LBS for 1-week and completed pre- and post-use questionnaires. Twenty available volunteers from the first study also completed in-depth interviews after their experience using the LBS technology.

Results: the pre-use questionnaire identified perceptions of usefulness, individual privacy and visibility as predictive of intentions to use a location-tracking service. Post-use, perceived risk was the only factor to predict intention to use LBS. Interviews with participants revealed that LBS was primarily seen as an assistive technology and that issues of trust and privacy were important.

Conclusion: the findings from this study suggest older adults struggle to see the benefits of LBS and have a number of privacy concerns likely to inhibit future uptake of location-tracking services and devices.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online first.
Uncontrolled Keywords: location-based services, ageing, privacy, older adults, older people
Subjects: B800 Medical Technology
C800 Psychology
G500 Information Systems
J900 Others in Technology
W900 Others in Creative Arts and Design
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Pamela Briggs
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2013 13:45
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2023 14:31
URI: https://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/13118

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