Semnan University of Medical Sciences

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Momeni, Marjan and Hariri, Nadjla and Nobahar, Monir and Noshinfard, Fatemeh (2018) Older adults experiences of online social interactions: A phenomenological study. Koomesh. pp. 336-349.

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    Introduction: Online social networks allow users, who are anywhere in the world, to communicate with other people with text, audio, and video. Studies have shown that older adults use of social networks and online communication can increase social support, improve quality of life and increase their health. The purpose of this study was to understand the older adult's experiences of online Social Interactions. Materials and Methods: This study was performed following a qualitative approach and phenomenological methodology in Semnan (Iran) in 2016. The studied sample was taken by purposive sampling method. Required data was collected via deep and semi-structured interviews with 9 older adults who were active members of at least one online social network. The obtained data was analyzed using the seven-step Colaizzi's method. Results: From data analysis, the main theme of "developed social interactions" was extracted from five sub-themes: "interaction with family and friends", "revival of old relationships", "familiar with people with common interests", "impalpable control" and "liberation from loneliness". Conclusion: The results explained the various dimensions of the use of the older adults from online social networks and showed that these networks have the potential to be used to enhance social interactions in aging. The results of this study can help planners by identifying the benefits of these networks, while taking necessary interventions to increase the use of the elderly from these networks, promote social interactions and, consequently, promote the health of the elderly. Keywords: Older Adults, Online Social Interaction, Online Social Networks, Phenomenology

    Item Type: Article
    Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
    Divisions: Faculty of Medical Sciences > School of Medicine
    Depositing User: Mr Vahab Moshtaghi
    Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2018 14:04
    Last Modified: 30 Apr 2018 14:04

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