Chinese older adults’ internet use for health information

Carman Ka Man WONG, Yuen Lan Dannii YEUNG, Chun Yip Henry HO, Kin Po TSE, Chun Yiu LAM

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Technological advancement benefits Internet users with the convenience of social connection and information search. This study aimed at investigating the predictors of Internet use to search for online health information among Chinese older adults. The Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) was applied to examine the predictiveness of perceived ease of use, perceived usefulness, and attitudes toward Internet use on behavioral intention to search for health information online. Ninety-eight Chinese older adults were recruited from an academic institute for older people and community centers. Frequency of Internet use and physical and psychological health were also assessed. Results showed that perceived ease of use and attitudes significantly predicted behavioral intention of Internet use. The potential influences of traditional Chinese values and beliefs in health were also discussed. Copyright © 2012 The Author(s).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)316-335
JournalJournal of Applied Gerontology
Issue number3
Early online dateOct 2012
Publication statusPublished - 2014


Wong, C. K. M., Yeung, D. Y., Ho, H. C. Y., Tse, K.-P., & Lam, C.-Y. (2014). Chinese older adults’ internet use for health information. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 33(3), 316-335. doi: 10.1177/0733464812463430


  • Technology acceptance model
  • Internet use
  • Chinese older adults
  • Health information


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