Seniors and text messaging on mobile touchscreen phones

Reetta Övermark, Poika Isokoski, Saila Ovaska

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    Abstract

    We studied how senior citizens write and send text messages on their own mobile phone and two touchscreen smartphones. Each participant participated in three training sessions and wrote messages with three phones. We found that the range of text entry performance among seniors is large. Average text entry rate in entering a 34 character test phrase was only 3.5 wpm. Further work to improve text messaging user interfaces for older un-skilled users is clearly needed. Copyright is held by the owner/author(s).

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the NordiCHI 2014: The 8th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Fun, Fast, Foundational
    Pages967-970
    Number of pages4
    ISBN (Electronic)1-59593-036-1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    Publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
    Event8th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, NordiCHI 2014 -
    Duration: 1 Jan 2014 → …

    Conference

    Conference8th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, NordiCHI 2014
    Period1/01/14 → …

    Keywords

    • Learning
    • Mobile phone
    • Older adult
    • Text messaging
    • Touchscreen

    Publication forum classification

    • Publication forum level 1

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