(“If I were younger, it would defi nitely be easier”. Cover Image

„Ha fi atalabb lennék, biztosan könnyebb lenne”
(“If I were younger, it would defi nitely be easier”.

The third-level digital divide among Hungarian elderly people in Romania

Author(s): Gyöngyvér Erika Tőkés
Subject(s): Communication studies, Social Theory
Published by: Medea Egyesület
Keywords: digital inequalities; third-level digital divide; Hungarian elderly in Romania; social inequalities

Summary/Abstract: The aim of the article is to examine the characteristics of the third-level digital divideamong Hungarian elderly people (65+ years old) in Romania. The third level of digital divide refers to those digital practices that bring realbenefi ts to diff erent areas of everyday life through digital participation. Hungarian elderly people in Romania are clearly lagging behind interms of the third level digital divide. The explanation for this is partly to be found in the limits of their age and lifestyle characteristics andpartly in their socio-economic situation. Hungarian elderly people in Romania adhere to their usual lives and previously formed everydayhabits, in the repertoire of which the purposeful use of digital technology has not been integrated. In the same time, they do not have suffi cienttraditional (economic, cultural, social) resources that could be easily converted in digital capital. The results obtained in the case of Hungarianelderly people in Romania are in line with the theoretical fi ndings of digital inequalities research, according to which there is a correlationbetween the level of digital competence, the structure and usefulness of digital activities, and inequalities according to traditional socialstratifi cation dimensions (economic, cultural, social, politic).

  • Issue Year: XVI/2021
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 33-50
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Hungarian