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Author Andrews, Dorine ♦ Preece, D. C. D. Jennifer ♦ Turoff, Ph. D. Murray
Source CiteSeerX
Content type Text
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Subject Keyword Usability Requirement ♦ Demographic Group Resistant ♦ Online Community Interaction ♦ Mid-life Career Changer ♦ Problem Solving ♦ Regular Use ♦ Demographic Group ♦ Online Community Environment ♦ Information Gathering ♦ Online Community ♦ Suggested Improvement ♦ Online Interaction ♦ Conceptual Framework ♦ Individual Share Common Interest ♦ Online Community Sociability
Description Demographic groups normally do not constitute communities. However, they have the potential for becoming online communities when individuals share common interests, needs and goals for problem solving and support and when they can easily find and communicate with each other and establish relationships. People in these demographic groups may be highly resistant to interacting online despite their regular use of the Internet for information gathering and email. The causes for this resistance, suggestions for mitigating it and approaches for bringing such demographic groups into online community environments and sustaining their online interaction are presented in this paper which describes a study of a demographic group of mid-life career changers. Suggested improvements in online community sociability and usability are recommended for these demographic groups to successfully interact online. In particular, the sociability and usability requirements of these demographic groups should direct the selection and implementation of technology. 1.
Educational Role Student ♦ Teacher
Age Range above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG ♦ Career/Technical Study
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2001-01-01
Publisher Institution Paper presented at the 34th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), Island of Maui