Changing Patterns of ICT Use in Finland – The Senior Citizens’ Perspective

  • Pekka RäsänenEmail author
  • Ilkka Koiranen
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9754)


The purpose of our paper is to provide an overview of the development of Finnish society in relation to senior citizens’ online activities. As in many other countries, the proportion of ‘grey consumers’ is constantly growing as its society is ageing. Thus, we argue that the investigation of older people’s online activities provides useful information for a more general understanding of some of the key features of the contemporary information society. The empirical portion of the paper consists of an analysis of nationally representative surveys (n = 7,810) collected between 2006 and 2014. The data represent individuals aged 55 to 74. Our results indicate that Finnish seniors have, on average, become more active online. However, it also seems that online activity nonetheless declines as people grow older. In addition, differences in Internet use purposes continue to be associated with education and income.


Internet use purposes Senior citizens Temporal changes 



This research was funded by the Strategic Research Council of the Academy of Finland (research consortium Digital Disruption of Industry DDI).


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Authors and Affiliations

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

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