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...

Social Networking Sites and Older Adults

Posted: Thu, 07/02/2013 - 14:16


As part of his PhD work, Chris Norval is currently conducting a study which aims to establish recommendations for web developers on how to make social websites, such as Facebook and Twitter, more inclusive of older adults.

The hypothesis is that making slight changes to the layout and behaviour of a site can bring it more in line with the opinions and preferences of a wider range of people.

The study compares two versions of the same system and participants are asked which system they prefer completing specific tasks in. The participants will then be asked to give their opinions on a series of statements in a questionnaire, about how the site should look and behave.

It is hoped that by conducting this research, web developers who are planning on building new or updating existing social networking sites, as well as researchers who are looking at internet-based support and care solutions, will be able to use these recommendations to improve sites for a greater range of people.