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Older Adults and Electronic Communication: Preferences and Patterns in Close Relationships

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Older adults have an increased risk of social isolation, which is known to negatively impact their health. As a result, communication is vital for older adults’ well-being. However, there is a paucity of studies that examine older adults’ communication patterns and preferences. This study aims to fill this gap, with emphasis on older adults’ (a) use of communication technologies in their close relationships and (b) resulting levels of satisfaction, with reference to communication accommodation theory. To reach this aim, 17 older adults of age 55+ were recruited from a senior center and interviewed. Findings demonstrated that, overall, older adults are satisfied with their current communication. However, they also adjust their communication frequency and medium to accommodate social others. Through these results, the communication patterns and preferences of older adults’ are described to provide insight into ways to improve older adults’ communication processes and optimize their well-being.
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Yuan, Shupei., Hussain, Syed., Hales, Kayla. and Cotten, Shelia. "Older Adults and Electronic Communication: Preferences and Patterns in Close Relationships" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association 65th Annual Conference, Caribe Hilton, San Juan, Puerto Rico, <Not Available>. 2015-12-02 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p984756_index.html>

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Yuan, S. , Hussain, S. A., Hales, K. D. and Cotten, S. "Older Adults and Electronic Communication: Preferences and Patterns in Close Relationships" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association 65th Annual Conference, Caribe Hilton, San Juan, Puerto Rico <Not Available>. 2015-12-02 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p984756_index.html

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Abstract: Older adults have an increased risk of social isolation, which is known to negatively impact their health. As a result, communication is vital for older adults’ well-being. However, there is a paucity of studies that examine older adults’ communication patterns and preferences. This study aims to fill this gap, with emphasis on older adults’ (a) use of communication technologies in their close relationships and (b) resulting levels of satisfaction, with reference to communication accommodation theory. To reach this aim, 17 older adults of age 55+ were recruited from a senior center and interviewed. Findings demonstrated that, overall, older adults are satisfied with their current communication. However, they also adjust their communication frequency and medium to accommodate social others. Through these results, the communication patterns and preferences of older adults’ are described to provide insight into ways to improve older adults’ communication processes and optimize their well-being.


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