Older women and the internet

J Women Aging. 2004;16(1-2):161-74. doi: 10.1300/J074v16n01_11.


This study was designed to explore the effects that training had on older adults' willingness to use the Internet to manage their health care. The most interesting result was that out of 70 self-volunteers, 58 were women. Results show that highly educated women who either own a computer or have access to one, and have low levels of anxiety toward computers, with strong feelings of self-efficacy toward computers and the Internet, and an internal locus of control, are more willing than men to use the Internet to find medical information to manage a chronic health problem.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Anxiety
  • Attitude to Computers*
  • Computer User Training
  • Female
  • Health Education / methods
  • Humans
  • Information Services
  • Internal-External Control*
  • Internet*
  • Male
  • Men / education
  • Men / psychology
  • Middle Aged
  • Pennsylvania
  • Self Efficacy*
  • Sex Factors
  • Social Class
  • User-Computer Interface
  • Women / education
  • Women / psychology*