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OPENNESS TO EXPERIENCE: A PREDICTOR OF TECHNOLOGY USE AT ANY AGE?

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Date Issued:
2018
Abstract/Description:
Technology is an integral part of both modern culture and day-to-day communication. Older adults' relationships with technology are completely different than younger adults' because of the way they have learned to incorporate it into their lives. Past research has shown that certain personality traits can predict technology use in younger adults. The current research hopes to take that finding and see if it applies to older adults, too. Four hypotheses were generated. Participants took a survey that consisted of five different scales and measures. Participants also were asked to answer demographic questions. Independent-sample t-tests and bivariate correlations were run on the data. Results showed that general technology use was not significantly correlated to a participant's age. There were significant correlations between the two age groups and psychological well-being, feelings of attachment to peers, technology use subscales and sensation seeking subscales. Future studies should examine the possible relationship of technology use subscales amongst the older population and their attitudes towards technology.
Title: OPENNESS TO EXPERIENCE: A PREDICTOR OF TECHNOLOGY USE AT ANY AGE?.
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Name(s): Ojalvo, Olivia, Author
Chin, Matthew, Committee Chair
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2018
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Technology is an integral part of both modern culture and day-to-day communication. Older adults' relationships with technology are completely different than younger adults' because of the way they have learned to incorporate it into their lives. Past research has shown that certain personality traits can predict technology use in younger adults. The current research hopes to take that finding and see if it applies to older adults, too. Four hypotheses were generated. Participants took a survey that consisted of five different scales and measures. Participants also were asked to answer demographic questions. Independent-sample t-tests and bivariate correlations were run on the data. Results showed that general technology use was not significantly correlated to a participant's age. There were significant correlations between the two age groups and psychological well-being, feelings of attachment to peers, technology use subscales and sensation seeking subscales. Future studies should examine the possible relationship of technology use subscales amongst the older population and their attitudes towards technology.
Identifier: CFH2000431 (IID), ucf:45880 (fedora)
Note(s): 2018-12-01
B.S.
College of Sciences, Psychology
Bachelors
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Subject(s): personality
technology
big five
tech use
elderly
openness
psychological well-being
attachment
sensation seeking
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFH2000431
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Host Institution: UCF

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