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This article surveys internet use amongst older adults, and examining challenges that they face and motivitation for using the internet. The study employs a mixed method research design combining survey questionnaires and in depth interviews. The survey examined patterns of internet use among 1108 urban older adults. In depth interviews explored their views and lived experiences with regards use of media and technology. Survey results found low rates of internet access and internet use among older adults. Interview data suggests this may due to challenges faced by older adults, such as physical and cognitive decline, fear of technology, as well as negative perceptions and confusion regarding new media. Nevertheless, among those respondents who did use the internet, encouragement from family members plays an important role aiding older adults to adapt to using the internet for communication and information seeking.
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