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Äldre personers upplevelse av en digital vardag under Covid-19 pandemin
University West, School of Business, Economics and IT.
2022 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Elderly people’s experience of a digitalized everyday life during Covid-19 pandemic (English)
Abstract [en]

The Covid-19 pandemic has implicated social distance with stay-at-home restrictions and a more digital everyday life at home and in society. The aim of the study is to gain an understanding of how elderly people 65+ have experienced the digitized everyday life and to investigate whether older people have experienced and been affected by a digital divide during the Covid-19 pandemic. But also, to show any connections that might be between Covid-19 and the digital divide in the society. Through a qualitative study with semi-structured interviews, the empirical material has been produced and led to the results of the study. The results show that the informants had encountered and tested digital solutions such as Kivra, Zoom and FaceTime during Covid-19 but prefer to meet in real life. And that they value the social contact with family and friends and would rather ask for digital help. The conclusion is that none of the informants have experienced a digital divide or that they felt not being a part of the digital society. The informants expressed the combination of social restrictions and possibly not being a part of the society socially and a lack of digital skills as problematic. The informants expressed that as long as there is a social network that the elderly can get help by, and other alternatives to the digital services are still offered they did not perceive themselves as limited in their daily life. The informants' attitude to what digital services have contributed during the pandemic was generally expressed as positive. Even by those who did not prefer the digital services,the Covid-19 pandemic made it possible for several of the informants to see the benefits of digital services.

Abstract [sv]

Covid-19 pandemin har inneburit sociala restriktioner och en mer digital vardag i hemmet och i samhället. Syftet med studien är att få förståelse kring hur äldre 65+ har upplevt den digitala vardagen och undersöka om äldre har upplevt ett digitalt utanförskap under Covid-19 pandemin. Men även att synliggöra de samband som kan finnas mellan Covid-19, den digitala klyftan och digitalt utanförskap i samhället. Genom en kvalitativ undersökning med semistrukturerade intervjuer har det empiriska materialet tagits fram och lett till studiens resultat. Resultatet visar att informanterna hade testat och ställts inför digitala lösningar såsom Kivra, Zoom och FaceTime i samband med Covid-19 men föredrar att ses i verkligheten. Men även att de värdesätter den sociala kontakten med familj och vänner samt frågar hellre om digital hjälp. Slutsatsen är att ingen av informanterna har upplevt ett digitalt utanförskap. Kombinationen av sociala restriktioner och ett eventuellt socialt utanförskap och en bristande digital kompetens såg informanterna som problematisk. Men informanterna menade på att så länge det finns en social omgivning som äldre kan få hjälp av samt andra alternativ till digitala tjänster upplevs det inte begränsade. Informanternas inställning till vad digitala tjänster har medfört under pandemin framfördes över lag som positiv. Även bland de informanter som inte föredrog det digitala hade pandemin möjliggjort att flera av informanterna sett fördelar med digitala tjänster.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2022. , p. 40
Keywords [en]
Covid-19, Digital Divide, Seniors’ Experience, Digital Everyday Life
Keywords [sv]
Covid-19, Digitala klyftan, Äldres upplevelse, Digital vardag, Digitalt utanförskap
National Category
Media and Communications
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-18997Local ID: EXC509OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-18997DiVA, id: diva2:1683875
Subject / course
Media informatics
Educational program
Digitala media
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Available from: 2022-08-18 Created: 2022-07-19 Last updated: 2022-08-18Bibliographically approved

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