New paper identifies key predictors of elite tech use in aging

In their new publication in Activities, Adaptation & Aging, recent AD&D Lab Ph.D. student, Xiaoqing Wan, Dr. Lighthall, and Penn State colleague, Dr. Nelson Roque, found that markers of successful aging predicted elite-levels of tech use in older age. These markers included better cognition, socioeconomics, and self-efficacy. The study also emphasizes the importance of early adoption of new technology and advocates lifelong learning in order to achieve “super tech user” status in late life.

Additionally, the study puts forth a newly developed and validated measure of novel technology use. The measure indexes 9 domains of tech/digital services, and is suitable for assessing individuals across the adult lifespan.