Wear it or fear it: exploration of drivers & barriers in smartwatch acceptance by senior citizens

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Abstract

The number of people with an age above 65 is increasing, and many live longer. Most seniors prefer to stay at their own home. Within the area of ambient assisted living (AAL) technology solutions have been aimed to assist seniors in the challenges that can arise when wanting to live independently. However, technology acceptance has been rather low, also due to stigmatization when using assistive systems. New technologies, such as the smartwatch, which is unobtrusive and not recognized as an assistive device by outsiders, have the potential to improve the autonomy and independence of seniors. This research aims to investigate the potential barriers and drivers of smartwatch use by seniors, by means of conducting a diary study and interviews. Results showed that the acceptance of the smartwatch depended mainly on the usability, interest and added value of the smartwatch. Additionally, the findings indicate that changes to the smartwatch need to be made in order to address the barriers that are found, and to ultimately enhance acceptance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 4th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health
EditorsP.D. Bamidis, M. Ziefle, L. Maciaszek
PublisherSCITEPRESS-Science and Technology Publications, Lda.
Pages26-36
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9789897582998
ISBN (Print)978-989-758-299-8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Mar 2018
Event4th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health, ICT4AWE 2018 - Funchal, Portugal
Duration: 22 Mar 201823 Mar 2018

Conference

Conference4th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health, ICT4AWE 2018
CountryPortugal
CityFunchal
Period22/03/1823/03/18

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Keywords

  • Assistive Technology
  • Seniors
  • Smartwatches
  • Technology Acceptance
  • Wearables

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Askari, S. I., Huldtgren, A., & IJsselsteijn, W. (2018). Wear it or fear it: exploration of drivers & barriers in smartwatch acceptance by senior citizens. In P. D. Bamidis, M. Ziefle, & L. Maciaszek (Eds.), Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health (pp. 26-36). SCITEPRESS-Science and Technology Publications, Lda.. https://doi.org/10.5220/0006673000260036
Askari, Sima Ipakchian ; Huldtgren, Alina ; IJsselsteijn, Wijnand. / Wear it or fear it : exploration of drivers & barriers in smartwatch acceptance by senior citizens. Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health. editor / P.D. Bamidis ; M. Ziefle ; L. Maciaszek. SCITEPRESS-Science and Technology Publications, Lda., 2018. pp. 26-36
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Askari, SI, Huldtgren, A & IJsselsteijn, W 2018, Wear it or fear it: exploration of drivers & barriers in smartwatch acceptance by senior citizens. in PD Bamidis, M Ziefle & L Maciaszek (eds), Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health. SCITEPRESS-Science and Technology Publications, Lda., pp. 26-36, 4th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health, ICT4AWE 2018, Funchal, Portugal, 22/03/18. https://doi.org/10.5220/0006673000260036

Wear it or fear it : exploration of drivers & barriers in smartwatch acceptance by senior citizens. / Askari, Sima Ipakchian; Huldtgren, Alina; IJsselsteijn, Wijnand.

Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health. ed. / P.D. Bamidis; M. Ziefle; L. Maciaszek. SCITEPRESS-Science and Technology Publications, Lda., 2018. p. 26-36.

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Askari SI, Huldtgren A, IJsselsteijn W. Wear it or fear it: exploration of drivers & barriers in smartwatch acceptance by senior citizens. In Bamidis PD, Ziefle M, Maciaszek L, editors, Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health. SCITEPRESS-Science and Technology Publications, Lda. 2018. p. 26-36 https://doi.org/10.5220/0006673000260036