Digital Technologies, Ageing and Everyday Life

Monday, 11 July 2016: 16:00-17:30
Location: Hörsaal 42 (Main Building)
RC11 Sociology of Aging (host committee)

Language: English

The 21st century has been characterised by a proliferation of digital devices, information technologies and mediated systems of communication within global and networked societies. Developments in digital technologies increasingly permeate everyday life and are interwoven with our identities, narratives, social relationships, social networks, lifestyles and societies. Digital technologies are, moreover, having profound influences within the lives of people in mid to later life. 
The aim of this session is to critically explore perceptions, experiences and roles that digital devices, information technologies and mediated systems of communication may have in the lives of people as they grow older. This may include wearable technologies, self-monitoring, digital ageism, the “quantified self”, social connectivity, transnational relationships, social networks, communications, digital arts, digital games, participation, surveillance, work and leisure, time and space, the body and embodiment, health and well-being, risk and lifestyles. The session will further consider: 

  • the opportunities and possibilities that people in mid to later life have to engage with and resist digital technologies in everyday life; 
  • and how narratives surrounding engagement (or not) with digital technologies both challenge and reinforce ideas about ageing (and youth) in complex and, at times, contradictory ways.

For this session we invite submissions – theoretical, methodological, empirical – that address the broad theme of ageing, digital technologies and communication.

Session Organizers:
Wendy MARTIN, Brunel University London, United Kingdom and Barbara MARSHALL, Trent University, Canada
Julia TWIGG, University of Kent, United Kingdom
Older People's Use of Facebook: A Netnographic Research of an Online Community
Loredana IVAN, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucharest, Romania; Shannon HEBBLETHWAITE, Department of Applied Human Sciences at Concordia University, Canada
Internet Use and Well-Being in Later Life: A Midway-Level Approach
Rinat LIFSHITZ, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel; Galit NIMROD, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel; Yaacov BACHNER, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
Can Digital Technology Enhance Social Connectedness Amongst Institutionalized Older Adults? Computer Science Meets Sociology for an Action Research Project
Barbara BARBOSA NEVES, University of Toronto, Canada; Christian BEERMANN, University of Toronto, Canada; Rebecca JUDGES, University of Toronto, Canada; Nadia NASSAR, University of Toronto, Canada; Ron BAECKER, University of Toronto, Canada
Gaming the Aging Brain: Digital Cognitive Performance in the Shadow of Dementia
Stephen KATZ, Department of Sociology, Trent University, Canada
Towards Socio-Gerontechnology: Modelling the Theoretical Intersection of Social Science and Gerontechnology
Louis NEVEN, Avans University of Applied Science, Netherlands; Alexander PEINE, University of Utrecht, Netherlands
'Ways of Knowing' about Aging, Old Age and Transitions in Later Life: Insights from Social Media
Anne MARTIN-MATTHEWS, Department of Sociology, The University of British Columbia, Canada
Visual Representations of Digital Connectivities in Everyday Life
Wendy MARTIN, Brunel University London, United Kingdom; Katy PILCHER, Aston University, United Kingdom
How Do People with Dementia and Their Carers Make Assistive Technology Work for Them; Innovation, Personalisation and Bricolage
Grant GIBSON, University of Stirling, United Kingdom; Claire DICKINSON, Newcastle University, United Kingdom; Katie BRITTAIN, Newcastle University, United Kingdom; Louise ROBINSON, Newcastle University, United Kingdom
Online Caregiving in Romanian Transnational Families
Viorela DUCU, Babes Bolyai University, Centre for Population Studies, Romania
The Digital Divide and Technology Generations – European Implications from the Austrian Perspective
Vera GALLISTL, Department of Sociology, University of Vienna, Austria; Franz KOLLAND, Department of Sociology, University of Vienna, Austria
Mobile Internet Use in the Elderly
Alexander SEIFERT, Center for Gerontology (University of Zurich), Switzerland
Diverging Strands? Multiple Approaches to Studying Older People's Technology Use
Selma KADI, Eberhard Karls Universitat Tubingen, Germany
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