Connectivity, digital technologies and later life

Authored by: Ian Rees Jones

Routledge Handbook of Cultural Gerontology

Print publication date:  June  2015
Online publication date:  June  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415631143
eBook ISBN: 9780203097090
Adobe ISBN: 9781136221033


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Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are having profound impacts on later life. These derive from changes in communities, networks and forms of connectivity that form the core elements of a network society whose reach is instant and global (Castells 2009). In the process, ICT appears to have created new social divides between those who are participants in the new networks and those who are not (Jaeger 2004). Researchers have identified divides by income, age, ethnicity, gender and place (Jansen 2010, Tacken et al. 2005). One of the most prominent of these is based on age, and this is reflected in the policies and concerns of governments and international organizations (Commission of the European Communities 2007).

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