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Ageism and sexism amongst young computer scientists

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Title of host publicationComputers Helping people with Special Needs
DateAccepted/In press - 28 Feb 2018
DatePublished (current) - 11 Jul 2018
Pages421-425
Number of pages4
PublisherSpringer
Place of PublicationCham, Switerland
EditorsKlaus Miesenberger, Georgios Kouroupetroglou
VolumeLNCS 10897
Original languageEnglish
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-94274-2
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-94273-5

Abstract

A study was undertaken with 189 young computer science students to assess whether as future developers of technologies for older people, they have ageist and sexist attitudes about people as users of technology. They were shown a picture of either a young or old woman or man and asked to assess the likelihood that this person would use a desktop computer, laptop computer and a smartphone, and their level of expertise in each of these technologies. The results showed that the students did have negative perceptions of the older people in comparison to young people. They although thought that women were less expert with the technologies than men, although there was not difference in the likelihood of them using the technology. However, there was no evidence of a “double standard” of older women being perceived particularly negatively.

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  • perceptions of older people, ageism, perceptions of older women, sexism, perceptions of technology use, perceptions of technology expertise

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