Segmentation of the Young Elderly Based on Technology Readiness

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    Abstract

    We examine the young elderly’s technology readiness in order to understand the propensity to adopt and use technology for personal use. We use the Technology Readiness Index 2.0 as segmentation basis to segment a sample of mainly young elderly individuals. Our aim is to find meaningful segments within this demographic group regarding their technology readiness, and to contrast the segments with previous research. Our findings based on 538 retirees revealed a similar segmentation profile as found within working-age populations, and a surprisingly different profile than previous research with a mature target group. We identified five distinct segments portraying the young elderly as diverse technology users, ranging from ‘pioneers’ to ‘hesitators’. The findings give arise to discussion regarding the impact of age on the technology readiness of individuals and the importance of age as a predictor of technology use. We propose that commonly held views on age as an inhibitor of technology use are becoming outdated as the diffusion of technology reaches a certain level of maturity in a market.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication34th Bled eConference
    Subtitle of host publicationDigital support from crisis to progressive change
    EditorsAndreja Pucihar, Mirjana Kljajić Borštnar, Roger Bons, Helen Cripps, Anand Sheombar, Doroteja Vidmar
    PublisherAIS Electronic Library (AISeL)
    ISBN (Print)978-961-286-485-9
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 23 Jun 2021
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    Event34TH BLED ECONFERENCE - Bled, Slovenia
    Duration: 27 Jun 202130 Jun 2021
    Conference number: 34

    Conference

    Conference34TH BLED ECONFERENCE
    Abbreviated titleBLED
    Country/TerritorySlovenia
    CityBled
    Period27/06/2130/06/21

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