Long-Term Appropriation of Smartwatches Among a Group of Older People

  • Andrea RosalesEmail author
  • Mireia Fernández-Ardèvol
  • Núria Ferran-Ferrer
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10926)


In this paper, we analyze long-term appropriation of smartwatches among a group of older people. For the purpose of the study, we provided five older individuals (aged 71 to 80; three women, two men) with Android smartwatches. We interviewed participants after 2 and 12 months of smartwatch usage and observed its usage in an informal gathering 12 months after the end of the study. Drawing on Morville’s model of user experience (2004), we focus on how the smartwatch was (not) useful, usable, valuable, and desirable for each participant in each stage of the process. Results show the relevance of valuableness and desirability in the (non-)appropriation of smartwatches for those participants. Specifically, participants used the smartwatches to express their sporty, techie and fashion identities.


Older people Wearable Smartwatch Appropriation UX 



We are indebted to all the participants of our study for having allowed us to become members and feel part of their communities at Àgora. This research project has been partially funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (FJCI-2015-24120) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada through the Ageing + Communication + Technologies project (895-2013-1018).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrea Rosales
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mireia Fernández-Ardèvol
    • 1
  • Núria Ferran-Ferrer
    • 1
  1. 1.Universitat Oberta de CatalunyaBarcelonaSpain

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