Exploring the Relationship between Internet use and Leisure Satisfaction Among Older Adults

Jinmoo Heo, Junhyoung Kim, Young Shin Won

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Abstract

Using the Internet is an important aspect of leisure among older adults, and satisfaction with Internet usage may be conducive to the well-being of older adults. This study explored via questionnaires the relationship between older adults' leisure satisfaction and their affinity for the Internet. A total of 103 older adults were recruited from a local aging agency in a Midwestern city in the United States. The results showed that low and high affinity groups had significantly different means for psychological benefits, educational stimulation, social relationship, and relaxation. The findings suggest that older adults with higher levels of affinity for the Internet are likely to be satisfied with their leisure pursuits. While some studies have reported negative aspects of using the Internet, such as increased depression and loneliness, the present study supports the results from a variety of studies that suggest that using the Internet has positive outcomes for older adults.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-54
Number of pages12
JournalActivities, Adaptation and Aging
Volume35
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jan

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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