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Senior citizens: Digital immigrants in their own country? Debunking myths of age related information accessibility

Prof. dr. Eugène F. Loos, University of Amsterdam (

The Mobile Communication, Economy & Society Research Program (CMES) is proud to announce that professor Eugène F. Loos, from the Department of Communication Science of the University of Amsterdam and the Utrecht School of Governance of Utrecht University, will offer a public lecture on the challenges faced by the elderly people in an ever growing e-society. Population in most western countries is ageing at a rapid pace, and at the same time, these countries are increasingly becoming digitised by providing information in a digital form. The question raised by Loos is: To what extent is there an actual problem for senior citizens who are looking for accessible information? Are they really digital immigrants in their own country?

In this lecture, our guest will address these questions by presenting the following 5 myths:

  • Myth 1: The use of new media is a hype that will pass as fast as it came.
  • Myth 2: The generation of senior citizens having problems with new media will automatically die out soon.
  • Myth 3: Senior citizens can not learn to use new media.
  • Myth 4: Age is the explanatory variable for differences in information search behaviour.
  • Myth 5: Senior citizens are a homogeneous group that can be represented visually in information sources in a similar way.

Prof. Loos will attempt to debunk them based on empirical research, which will be illustrated by documents and videos.


The conference will be held in English.

Please confirm your attendance as soon as possible to Daniel Blanche ( as there is limited capacity.

At the same time, this conference can be followed in the Internet, via:

  • Twitter: @CMES_IN3 - hashtag #LoosIN3
  • Live streaming video

Please bear in mind that the conference is going to be held in Barcelona’s local time (UTC+1). Just to make sure, you can check your local time here.

This talk is arranged by the Mobile Communication, Economy & Society Research Program (CMES) as an activity of the Ageing Communications Media Network (A C M).

The activity benefits of the support of the IN3-UOC and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).


Short bio:

Eugène Loos is currently a Professor of Old and New Media in an Ageing Society in the Department of Communication Science at the University of Amsterdam and Associate Professor at the Utrecht School of Governance, Utrecht University. He is also a member of the research schools ASCoR (Amsterdam School of Communication Research) and the Netherlands Institute of Government (NIG). He holds a PhD in International Business Communication from Utrecht University in the Netherlands. As a linguist, he has conducted research and written several books, book chapters and journal articles in the field of organisational (intercultural) organisation and the use of new media. Currently his research focuses on the role of new media related to accessible information for senior citizens. Ashgate published his most recent book Generational Use of New Media, co-edited by Leslie Haddon and Enid Mante-Meijer, autumn 2012.

Click here if you would like to watch the registered video of the public lecture.

Where: Media-TIC Building, 7th floor, William J. Mitchell Hall, Roc Boronat Street, 117, 08018 Barcelona
When: Thursday, 11 April 2013 (16:00 - 17:30)

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