Understanding Older Adults’ Perceptions of In-Home Sensors Using an Obtrusiveness Framework

  • Blaine ReederEmail author
  • Jane Chung
  • Jonathan Joe
  • Amanda Lazar
  • Hilaire J. Thompson
  • George Demiris
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9744)


The aim of this study was to determine if dimensions and sub-categories of a previously-tested obtrusiveness framework were represented in interviews conducted with community-dwelling older adults at three- and six-month study visits during an in-home sensor study. Secondary analysis of interviews was performed using a codebook based on an obtrusiveness framework. Eight community-dwelling older adults aged 79–86 participated in 15 interviews. One participant died between the three- and six-month interviews. Some elements of the obtrusiveness framework were present at three months but not at six months, indicating that perceptions of obtrusiveness of in-home sensors may decline over time. Findings highlight the importance of privacy issues and perceived usefulness for sensor technology use and adoption. There is a need to develop an obtrusiveness assessment instrument that enables nuanced measurements based on specific contexts and types of technologies.


Sensors Obtrusiveness Technology acceptance Older adults Aging 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Blaine Reeder
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jane Chung
    • 2
  • Jonathan Joe
    • 3
  • Amanda Lazar
    • 3
  • Hilaire J. Thompson
    • 3
  • George Demiris
    • 3
  1. 1.University of Colorado Anschutz Medical CampusAuroraUSA
  2. 2.University of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA
  3. 3.University of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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