An Age-Old Problem: Examining the Discourses of Ageing in HCI and Strategies for Future Research

Vines, John, Pritchard, Gary, Wright, Peter, Olivier, Patrick and Brittain, Katie (2015) An Age-Old Problem: Examining the Discourses of Ageing in HCI and Strategies for Future Research. ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, 22 (1). pp. 1-27. ISSN 1073-0516

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Ageing has become a significant area of interest in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) in recent years. In this article we provide a critical analysis of 30 years of ageing research published across the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI) community. Discourse analysis of the content of 644 archival papers highlights how ageing is typically framed as a “problem” that can be managed by technology. We highlight how ageing is typically defined through an emphasis on the economic and societal impact of health and care needs of older people, concerns around socialisation as people age, and declines in abilities and associated reductions in performance when using technology. We draw from research within the fields of social and critical gerontology to highlight how these discourses in SIGCHI literature represent common stereotypes around old age that have also prevailed in the wider literature in gerontology. We conclude by proposing strategies for future research at the intersection of ageing and HCI.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ageing, older people, social gerontology, critical reflection, discourse analysis
Subjects: B800 Medical Technology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Nursing, Midwifery and Health
Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2017 16:29
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 20:46

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