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Ageing in a Digital World

9th April, 2020

A research team at Northumbria and Swansea Universities (Dr Gemma Wilson, Mrs Jessica Gates, Dr Santosh Vijaykumar, and Dr Deborah Morgan) has carried out a research project funded by the British Academy/Leverhulme. The study was carried out in two phases: phase one was a qualitative study involving 20 older adults across the UK who regularly use technology to connect with others, and this informed phase two, a national survey of 400 older adults.

The findings from Phase one have been developed into a podcast which includes the participants’ voices, and narration, to illustrate the themes generated in this study. 

Please see links to the podcast below:




The podcast focuses on older adults’ use of technology (including social media) for social connection, and the various ways in which individuals use technology to connect to others, their motivations for doing so, and the facilitators/barriers of using technology in this way.

Please email Dr Deborah Morgan: or Dr Gemma Wilson if you would like to discuss the project/podcast further, or if this is something you would be interested in sharing to your network. In addition to the podcast, the research team is currently in the process of writing/editing accompanying journal articles which can be sent to you once published.


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