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Technology Acceptance and Quality of Life among Older People Using a TUI Application

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Department of Computer Science, OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University, Postboks 4, St. Olavs plass, 0130 Oslo, Norway
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Department of Physiotherapy, OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University, Postboks 4, St. Olavs plass, 0130 Oslo, Norway
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(23), 4706; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16234706
Received: 22 October 2019 / Revised: 15 November 2019 / Accepted: 21 November 2019 / Published: 26 November 2019
Good quality of life is important for healthy ageing. Studies have shown that although information and communication technology can improve older people’s quality of life, their technology acceptance level is rather low. Tangible user interfaces (TUIs) enable people to interact with the digital world through everyday physical objects, thus offering more intuitive digital environments for older people. In this study, we employ a TUI prototype to investigate the relationship between older people’s technology acceptance and quality of life, the changes in these outcome measures after using TUI, and the associations between them. The TUI prototype, Tangible Cup was used by 20 older participants over a period of three months. Data were collected using the technology acceptance model (TAM) questionnaire, the older people’s quality of life (OPQOL) questionnaire and semi-structured interviews. The results showed some positive changes in technology acceptance after the use of Tangible Cup. However, no change in the quality of life was found. While statistically significant correlations between the change in technology acceptance and the change in quality of life were observed, limitations such as small sample size and participants not accurately representing the target population should be noted. Thus, further research is needed to better understand the associations between the change in technology acceptance and the change in quality of life. View Full-Text
Keywords: older people; tangible user interface; technology acceptance model; quality of life older people; tangible user interface; technology acceptance model; quality of life
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Bong, W.K.; Bergland, A.; Chen, W. Technology Acceptance and Quality of Life among Older People Using a TUI Application. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 4706. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16234706

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Bong WK, Bergland A, Chen W. Technology Acceptance and Quality of Life among Older People Using a TUI Application. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019; 16(23):4706. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16234706

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Bong, Way K., Astrid Bergland, and Weiqin Chen. 2019. "Technology Acceptance and Quality of Life among Older People Using a TUI Application" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 16, no. 23: 4706. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16234706

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