The American population now is older than it has ever been. The use of information technology, especially the Internet, has increased exponentially over the past decade. This literature review explores the systematic, descriptive, survey, and focus group research on the relationship between older adults and the use of the Internet over the past 25 years. The goal of the article is to inform how older adults may become more active online. This paper begins with an historical overview of the early research on older adults’ computer use and related topics primarily from a cognitive aging perspective. The next sections focus on research related to older adults’ past and present use of the Internet. Recommendations are provided in the final segment on how to increase Internet use in older adults.
Morrell, R.W., Echt, K.V., Caramagno, J., & McGeehan, D. (2010). Is the aging of America in line with the internet centrury? Journal of Cognitive Technology, 15(2), 20-43.