Age group differences in World Wide Web navigation

Beth Meyer, Richard A. Sit, Victoria A. Spaulding, Sherry E. Mead, Neff Walker

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In this study, we examined the effects of age and training on efficiency and preferences in a World Wide Web search activity. Older participants were able to complete most of the tasks, but took more steps to find the information than did younger adults. Factors in this inefficiency were patterns of returning to the home page and revisiting pages that had been seen before during a search. Interactive training improved efficiency and altered preferences. We discuss implications for training and design.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCHI 1997 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Looking to the Future, CHI EA 1997
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)0897919262
StatePublished - Mar 22 1997
Externally publishedYes
EventConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 1997 - Atlanta, United States
Duration: Mar 22 1997Mar 27 1997


OtherConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 1997
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Aging
  • Information navigation
  • Older users
  • Training
  • Usability
  • World Wide Web

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Software


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