Elderly and the Mobile Phones: Do they Click?

By Normaliza Abd Rahim and Roslina Mamat.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This study investigates the pattern in using the mobiles phones amongst the elderly in Malaysia. 60 elderly from a state in Malaysia participated in this study. A set of questionnaire was given to the elderly where the pattern of using the mobile phones would be found. This study too, investigates the language use while using the mobile phones. The words or phrases used were identified and listed and therefore helped with the set up of a module for the elderly in using the mobile phones. Interview sessions were carried out to find out the Nature, number and balance of interaction (Normaliza Abd Rahim, 2005) while using the mobile phones. It is found that the elderly have high interactions in using the mobile phones. It is hoped that this study will help all the elderly in Malaysia in using the mobile phones to communicate with the world.

Keywords: Elderly, Mobile Phones, Nature, Number and Balance of Interactions

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 3, Issue 11, pp.43-48. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 708.030KB).

Prof Dr. Normaliza Abd Rahim

Lecturer, Department of Malay Language, University Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Normaliza Abd Rahim is currently the coordinator for the Translation and Intepretation and Language Technology Lecturer at University Putra Malaysia. Due to her keen interest in language technology in teaching and learning, and her wide experience in teaching the English language courses, she was appointed as the consultant for curriculum development for private universities and colleges in one of the states in Malaysia. As such, she provides assistance in developing activities to enhance the usage of English language by using the computer amongst the students in the university. She is also interested on special educational needs children where at present she is the consultant for one of the states in Malaysia. She involves voluntarily in giving advice to parents and teachers of the special needs.

Dr. Roslina Mamat

Lecturer, Department of Foreign Language, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Serdang, Selangor MALAYSIA, University Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Roslina Mamat is a lecturer at University Putra Malaysia.

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