"I use it correctly!" : the use of ICTs among Italian grandmothers in a generational perspective
Colombo, F., Aroldi, P. & Carlo, S. (2018). "I use it correctly!" : the use of ICTs among Italian grandmothers in a generational perspective. Human Technology, 14 (3), 343–365. doi:10.17011/ht/urn.201811224837
Published inHuman Technology
©2018 Fausto Colombo, Piermarco Aroldi, & Simone Carlo, and the Open Science Centre, University of Jyväskylä
In this project, we investigated the role played by digital media and information and communication technologies (ICTs) in building intergenerational and intragenerational relations for grandparents. Specifically, we investigated the possible relationships between grandmothers, children, and grandchildren, with the aim of understanding the dynamics of intergenerational exchanges and how grandmothers experience the use of the Internet as a tool to facilitate communication with family members. The research shows that the reflections regarding the role of the Internet among elderly people are often linked to a generational identity and generational belonging and involve constant comparison with younger generations. Several grandmothers affirm their correct use of technology (in a wise and moderate way) in contrast with what they see as the antisocial and immoderate modes of its use by the younger generations.