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Factors influencing the baby boomers’ intention to use domotics to live independently for longer

Westdorp, J. (2015) Factors influencing the baby boomers’ intention to use domotics to live independently for longer.

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Abstract:Domotics, a relatively new technology, can help older adults live independently for longer at their own homes. Because most of the domotics acceptance literature focussed on the age group for older adults, this study focussed on baby boomers. Where a low intention to use domotics is found under current elderly, this study suggests baby boomers have a better attitude towards new technologies. To give a complete overview on the acceptance of domotics, first factors from general technology acceptance were described. Eight factors were discovered: perceived usefulness, perceived ease of use, social influence, triability, compatibility, hedonic motivation, trust and reliability. Then, factors from domotics acceptance literature were discussed. This resulted in another five factors: Increased independency, security improvement, stigmatization, loneliness, and privacy infliction. The description of factors was followed with the underlying relations of these factors. After the literature was discussed, a conceptual model was comprised out of the thirteen factors and the intentions to use domotics. To complete the model and to give further insights in the questionnaire, a series of interviews were held as a pilot study. Respondents were asked if they thought they would use domotics later in their lives and why. This added a new factor, contact possibilities, to the model. The main study used an online questionnaire to test if the data fits the model that was created from the literature. Results show that the overall intention to use domotics was high and almost all factors found in the literature were seen as having a direct or indirect effect on the intention to use. Only triability, stigmatization, and privacy infliction did not have any effect on the intention to use. In the discussion, the model made in this study is being discussed. The questionnaire and interviews are used to gain further insights in the acceptance of domotics in the baby boom generation. Possible explanations are given for the factors that did not have any effect on the intention to use. Finally limitations and suggestions for future research are discussed.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:05 communication studies
Programme:Communication Studies MSc (60713)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/68608
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