UT researchers analyze internet usage of older adults during COVID-19

Researchers from the University of Texas, Baylor University and the University of Missouri identified increased use of internet-enabled behaviors in older adults during the pandemic, according to a study published in the journal Work, Aging and Retirement in August.

An internet-enabled behaviour, or IEB, is an activity made possible by the internet, such as online shopping, video chatting and leisure activities, according to the study. The researchers partnered with the Georgetown Neuroscience Foundation to distribute a survey to 298 older adults last spring regarding the technologies they used during the pandemic and which ones they expected to continue to use after the pandemic. The average age of participants was 73.

“Historically, older adults have been less engaged with technologies than their younger peers, so we were curious on how the pandemic changed that,” principal investigator Jared Benge said.

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