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Psychological Barriers to Digital Living in Older Adults: Computer Anxiety as Predictive Mechanism for Technophobia

Department of Life, Health and Environmental Sciences, University of L’Aquila, 67100 L’Aquila, Italy
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Behav. Sci. 2019, 9(9), 96; https://doi.org/10.3390/bs9090096
Received: 1 June 2019 / Revised: 28 August 2019 / Accepted: 4 September 2019 / Published: 11 September 2019
This study aimed to investigate the emotional impact of technology use in an Italian adult population and to detect technophobia. This cross-sectional study was conducted with 117 Italian participants (age range of 50–67 years). Measured variables were computer anxiety and technology use ability. The results revealed technophobia features in the Italian adult population related to inadequate management of technology. One-way analysis of variance and Bonferroni’s post-hoc analysis showed that non-autonomous (p < 0.01), low-frequency (p < 0.01), and feeling-a-need-for-help users (p < 0.01) had higher levels of computer anxiety. Based on our data, although lifelong learning is a powerful digital need, a considerable proportion of the adult population is not digitally skilled, enlarging the gap between young (native digital) and adult (digital and non-digital adults and seniors) populations. Adult inclusivity in digital living is inadequate and likely affects their quality of life. Thus, our findings highlight technophobia as a possible new risk factor for Italian adults because it can affect their daily life through low adherence to digital living; rather than aging successfully, they could develop fragile aging. View Full-Text
Keywords: digital skills; computer anxiety; adulthood use of technology; aging digital skills; computer anxiety; adulthood use of technology; aging
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Di Giacomo, D.; Ranieri, J.; D’Amico, M.; Guerra, F.; Passafiume, D. Psychological Barriers to Digital Living in Older Adults: Computer Anxiety as Predictive Mechanism for Technophobia. Behav. Sci. 2019, 9, 96.

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