Running head Article critique
A digest critique on Lam, J., & Lee, M. (2006). Digital inclusiveness: Longitudinal study of internet adoption by older adults. Journal of Management Information System, 22(4), 177-206.
This article contains a research study aiming to find out in which ways there can be efficacy in making the whole society be able to access digital services. It has proposed the ways by which this will be done. As indicated in this article most of the country e.g. the United states of America, china Japan Singapore Taiwan and United Kingdom have started some ways of making the people in the whole community have access to computers. They are doing this by provision of training programmes to the general public and also establishing community wide access computer facilities. (Lam & Lee 2006).Here there are two aspects which would arise. One of the aspects is the training itself and the establishment of the access in the community. As will be seen this is a good move to create a digital inclusive society. Two issues here should form the hypothesis which would be if the provision of training on computer services and the establishment of the computer centers in the community will make everybody really be using the computer.
The methodology used here is good as the group being researched on that is the old age are the people who may not be interested in the use of the computer services even if they are being provided with them in the community or they have been trained on how to use the them. Most of them would choose not to use the computers for various reasons. By conducting such a study using the one thousand people the study is in a position to come to a better conclusion on the rate by which the old people will be in a position to use the digital services willingly. The number being studied on is a good number that is in a position to provide dependable information which can be used by the agencies providing the services to measure the impacts of their programmes. (Constantine 2009).The information collected would also help the agencies to look if the old people find it necessary to use the computers. The study will also be in a position to show how the old members of the society view the issue of creating a digitalized society.
The use of the questionnaire surveys will also be of great advantage in this study as the old people being studied on will be in a position to answer the research questions without any fear or feeling threatened if they give any negative information during the research. The use of lab experiments would also provide the study with the rate by which the old people are able to understand the use of the computers. This will also show whether there is much interest in the group to understand the use of the computers. (Edward 2002).But on the other hand the methodology used has some issues which may hinder the realization of results which can be used to make valid conclusion concerning the use of the computers by the old people in the society. Always in a research where a sample of the target population is studied there is always a margin of error in the study. For example in this study there is a probability that may be the one thousand people will be the ones who may not be willing to use the computer services provided or may be they may be the group which has so much interest among the old people who are willingly ready to use the computer services. This may lead to there being an error in the study due to this methodology. (Constantine 2009).
Some of the target group may also fill the questionnaire surveys in a positive way so that they can impress the agencies who are providing these services because they may think that if they answer the questions in a negative way in a way that the study results will be negative the services might be withdrawn from the community. The method of using the lab tests may also appear to the target group as if it’s a way of testing how bright they are and so fail to provide information which can be utilized in the future. But in conclusion the methodology used is in a position to provide some information which will help the agencies to understand the response of their initiatives by the old people.
In order for the research to be in a position to explain well the willingness of the disadvantaged people in the society there are some issues that could have been looked into. First there was a need to consider some factors in the selection of the old people. The selection of people of 55 years and above is more general. According to me there was supposed to be consideration of the occupation of the selected person and also the level of education. It has been noted that those people who are more leaned are more willing to use the computer services than those who may not be so learned. Those people who occupy big positions in their working places are also more willing to use these services due to their work requirements. So in carrying out this study I feel there should have been distinction in the old people but not to generalize all old people. I also feel that the problem of the old people not being in a position to adopt the use of the computers may also come up as a result of the need factor. One will find that the old people may not have tasks that require the use of computer as compared to other people so it maybe a matter of logic to conclude that.
This is because these people most of them are retired and also are not in institutions of learning. So their adoption rate will be low. I feel the target population would have been selected using a certain criteria like most other research studies. By this the study would be in a good position to offer more concrete information on the research problem. (Edward 2002).The questionnaire survey should also be designed in a way that it will give all the information that will help the agencies be in a position to understand well the reason why there is slow adaptiveness of the use of the computer services among the old members of the society. The questionnaire survey should ask for the way they take the issue of a computerized society. This will help the services providers to be in a position to have a view of the old people in relation to information technology services.Therefore its imperative for any research study to come up with methodologies which will help to come up with conclusion or recommendations which will be holistic or inclusive.
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