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Chapter 5. The Web User, Part 2: Older Adults > Characteristics of Older Users

Characteristics of Older Users

Certain characteristics of older users can give us some insight into the source of age-related difficulties in using the Web. Age-related changes in motor movement, perceptual processing, or cognitive functioning may contribute to usability difficulties.

Movement Control

There is a general consensus that as people age, motor behaviors slow down. Compared to younger adults, older adults take longer to make similar movements, their ability to maintain continuous movements declines, coordination is disrupted, and movements are more variable (for a review, see Vercruyssen, 1997).


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