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The Internet and the quality of life of the elderly: a qualitative and quantitative dilemma

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15:30:00 - 17:00:00,
Tuesday 6 December, 2005


Computers with Internet access and training were given to Elderly Australians in a project to assess the impact on their quality of life. The interviews indicated that they loved the learning experience, were proud of their achievement and found the Internet to be a source of wonder and amazement as well as a good way to stay in touch with their loved ones. However, the questionnaire survey showed that their quality of life had decreased over the time, both absolutely and relative to a control group. What does this tell us about the Elderly and the Internet, and what does it tell us about qualitative and quantitative research?

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  • Lucy Firth
  • Name: Lucy Firth
  • Affiliation: Academic Visitor, Oxford Internet Institute
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