Reyman, Jessica, 1977-
M.A. (Master of Arts)
Department of English
Facebook (Electronic resource); Technical communication; Rhetoric; Multimedia communications; Web studies; Middle-aged persons--Social networks; Communication--Social aspects; Information technology--Social aspects
This study looked at Facebook use by older adults to determine why and how they use the website and what characteristics of network literacy they exhibit in doing so. To conduct my research I interviewed eight older adults in a sample of convenience drawn from my own social network and transcribed the interviews. I performed open coding of the data, in an iterative process, allowing patterns, codes, and themes to emerge from the data. Based on the results of my study, I argue that older adults are motivated to use Facebook by the social connections it affords them and the way it enhances and improves communication with friends and family members. I also argue that they are successful at adapting the tool to meet most of their needs, and their use of Facebook demonstrates many, although not all, of the characteristics of network literacy.
Howard, Paula Marie, "The use of Facebook by older adults" (2015). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 6374.
Northern Illinois University
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