European Journal of Ageing

, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 169–176

ICT activity in later life: Internet use and leisure activities amongst senior citizens in Finland

Original investigation

DOI: 10.1007/s10433-011-0210-8

Cite this article as:
Näsi, M., Räsänen, P. & Sarpila, O. Eur J Ageing (2012) 9: 169. doi:10.1007/s10433-011-0210-8


The article examines the relationship between the Internet use and leisure activities amongst Finnish seniors. Traditionally, the young have been the most active users of the Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICTs). In recent years, however, older age groups have increasingly become more interested in ICT, yet a significant proportion of Finnish seniors rarely log on. Using data from a nationally representative survey (N = 542) conducted in the summer of 2010, we explored the connection between the frequent Internet use and general leisure activity. The basic socio-demographic variables were controlled in the analysis. The findings indicate that the active Internet use in old age has a strong positive correlation with the number of different leisure activities amongst Finnish seniors. As most European societies continue to age, it is clear that future research should focus on the implications and the role the Internet and other new ICTs will play in the everyday life amongst the ageing citizens.


Internet Senior citizens Leisure Survey research Finland 

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© Springer-Verlag 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Economic Sociology, Department of Social ResearchUniversity of TurkuTurkuFinland

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