Posted: Thu, 22/12/2016 - 17:16

At the end of October we sent out an email request to SiDE Pool members with email addresses.

We asked them to complete a survey regarding their motivations for taking part in research...

Does age affect your ability to search for information online?

Posted: Wed, 07/01/2015 - 16:41

Is AGE significant in the ability to search for online information ?

Over 60 user pool members worked in three studies with Mike Crabb, contributing 150 hours of participant time. He wanted to see if age is a measure of successful online searching or if other factors such as cognitive and experience based factors are as important and can provide greater insights.

Participants were asked to use the web to complete a series of information retrieval tasks he created for the experiment. A group of older adults (aged 65 +) and younger adults (aged 18+) underwent the same tests in a lab-based setting.

He found that younger people were faster but older people were as successful, if slower. Is speed a virtue?  Probably not, while older adults draw on their lifetime of knowledge and experience, young adults draw on their knowledge of the technology.  

Due to the contribution of so many of you Mike was able to finish his PhD and successfully publish his results in the professional literature.