FSD2141 Elderly and Mobile Phones 1999 and 2002

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  • Kasesniemi, Eija-Liisa (University of Tampere. Information Society Research Centre)
  • Rautiainen, Pirjo (University of Tampere. Department of Information Studies)


advertising, computers, elderly, information society, internet, mobile communication, social networks


The respondents of the survey were Finnish people aged around 50-60. The archived material consists of individual and couple interviews conducted in 1999 and 2002. In the 1999 interviews, the topics included reasons for buying a mobile phone, the respondents' contact partners, the amount of other communication, and values, opinions, needs, and fears related to the use of mobile phones.

In the 2002 interviews, the themes were mainly the same as in the 1999 interviews. However, some themes were more closely examined in the 2002 interviews, such as the selection of the mobile operator, learning to use a mobile phone, text messaging and other additional mobile services, norms and customs related to the use of mobile phones, consumer habits, future visions, and the use of computers, the Internet, and other technology and media. The dataset consists of 44 interviews.

The dataset is only available in Finnish.

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