Aging is one of the general trends recognized by researchers as a major force impacting future business practices. This paper examines the current aging trend and the current internet usage among different age groups in America. Some internet usage habits between different age groups are also analyzed. The needs and barriers for internet adaptation for the elder age group are studied. This paper also reviews the current E-business models and identifies the reasons for their inability to bridge the age digital divide. The possible impacts of the next generation network and telepresence as well as their business applications on the age digital divide are then studied. A business model based on the next generation network is proposed. Critical assumptions and reasons for this business model’s success and its ability to bridge the age digital divide are examined.
|Keywords:||Aging, Digital Age Divide, Next Generation Network, Telepresence, e-Business Model|
Professor, Mathematics Department, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
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