Media and Aging

With the ongoing digitization of all spheres of life aging societies like Germany are confronted with multiple challenges: (1) digital divide between generations and (2) digital divide between urban and rural regions and (3) the combination of both as in a 2×2 table. Digital literacy  and problem-solving with IT-supported technology becomes a crucial competence or life skill.

In a presentation at the conference of the Society of Media and Aging (Immer WEITER mit der BILDUNG – Mediale Lernkulturen im höheren Erwachsenenalter‘ on the 23rd – 24th of June 2017 in Leipzig) I outlined the challenge the changing user behavior (compare Reuters survey key findings and full text) poses to problem-solving competence and media competence in modern societies. (paper forthcoming in German for a change). Own research suggests good news: there seems to be a  bi-directional causality of media choice and competence development. Once the move to smartphone use is made the competence development is kicked-off as well.