Everyday Life Interactions of Women 60+ with ICTs: Creations of Meaning and Negotiations of Identity

  • Barbara RatzenböckEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10297)


How do women 60+ use and ascribe meaning to “new” and “old” information and communication technologies such as cell phones, the Internet, computers, TV, and radio? To investigate this question, life-graph discussions, walking interviews in small domestic spaces, and semi-structured interviews with Austrian women aged 60–70 have been conducted. The analysis of the material collected has shown that both generation-specific experiences of media usage and individual biographical backgrounds influence the use of and ascription of meaning to ICTs. However, ICT usage does not only reflect collective generational experiences and individual biographical circumstances. ICTs are also actively used by women 60+ to creatively shape their identities as women and older adults. Thus, this paper discusses processes and strategies of identity negotiations of women 60+ in the context of ICTs, and explores how everyday life interactions with ICTs can be interpreted as a means of resistance against normative assumptions such as ageist stereotypes.


Women 60+ ICT experiences Everyday life Identity Generations 



This work was supported by funds from the Österreichische Nationalbank (Österreichische Nationalbank, Anniversary Fund, project number: 15849). In addition, this work was also supported by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada to the Ageing, Communication, Technologies project 895-2013-1018 (


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Inter-American StudiesUniversity of GrazGrazAustria

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