Discussions on Mechanisms, Features and Implications of the Digital Divide in Old Age

노년기 정보격차의 메카니즘, 특징 및 시사점에 관하여

  • 김영용 (연세대학교 휴먼라이프 연구센터)
  • Received : 2014.12.16
  • Accepted : 2015.02.25
  • Published : 2015.04.28


The digital divide has become an important social issue in the two waves of informatization and aging society. This study is to comprehensively examine various theoretical approaches and discussions on the mechanisms of the digital divide and to synthetically understand the features of the digital divide in old age. This study examines 1) four theoretical approaches on the mechanisms of digital divide among people in general, 2) three theoretical perspectives and six specific explanations on the digital divide in old age, and 3) five controversial features and concepts of the digital divide in old age. Consequently, this study suggests the need for a comprehensive approach to the multi-dimensional digital divide in old age and more attention to the digital divide in old age in terms of individual well-being and social inequalities. Further implications and limitations are discussed.


Information Technology;Ditial Divide;Older People;Information Inequality;Information Welfare


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