The digital divide between computer-anxious older adults and the Internet-linked world may be only as wide as a single computer tablet.
According to new research, the simple touch screens of tablets or e-readers may be easier for those with arthritis, muscle weakness and vision problems.
“With the tablet, there’s fewer mistakes to be made, the interface design is so much easier,” said Shelia Cotten, professor of media and information at Michigan State University.
That, in turn, builds confidence that otherwise might be battered if older adults are facing a complicated keyboard or a mouse.
Shelia Cotten is a researcher and professor of media and information at Michigan State University. (Photo: Michigan State University)