Research and analysis

Understanding digital engagement in later life

A University of Manchester report on use of the internet and digital technologies among older people and its relationship to wellbeing.

Documents

Key findings - Understanding digital engagement in later life

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Full report - Understanding digital engagement in later life

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Details

This report is focussed on examining factors that relate to older people’s use of digital technologies. It concentrates on those aged 50 or older, and examines within this group how age, gender, socioeconomic position and where people live influences:

  • access to the internet
  • frequency of internet use
  • where they use the internet
  • types of devices they use
  • what they use the internet for

It begins with a review of existing literature and then moves on to analyse data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) (Steptoe et al. 2013).

Published 29 January 2016