Impact Factors on Social TV Research in Real Elderly Persons’ Households
Mensch & Computer 2015.
There has been a lot of interactive/social TV research and a lot of projects argued before the tablet boom with the elderly person’s familiarity of TVs over PCs. However, not much research looked at appropriation processes of social/iTV prototypes from a holistic point of view, i.e. in the context of Living Lab research which includes reflec¬tion about socio-cultural issues in the realm of the TV watching practice. Although the media landscape has changed since 2010 (the beginning of our project), not much has changed in the availability of interactive TV devoted to elderly users. In this paper, we present research results and methodological reflections focussing on the interweaving of socio-cultural issues to social/iTV research with challenges in setting up and pursuing a long-term practice-based Living Lab project. We would like to sensitize other social/iTV researchers who do Living Lab research in real households of elderly people for possible obstacles and opportunities and open up a discussion on these practice-based social/iTV research issues.