Elderly and the Mobile Phones: Do they Click?

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This study investigates the pattern in using the mobiles phones amongst the elderly in Malaysia. 30 elderly from a state in Malaysia participated in this study. A set of questionnaire was given to the elderly where the pattern of using the mobile phones would be found. This study too, investigates the language use while using the mobile phones. The words or phrases used were identified and listed and therefore helped with the set up of a module for the elderly in using the mobile phones. Interview sessions were carried out to find out the Nature, number and balance of interaction (Normaliza Abd Rahim, 2005) while using the mobile phones. It is found that the elderly have high interactions in using the mobile phones. It is hoped that this study will help all the elderly in Malaysia in using the mobile phones to communicate with the world.


Keywords: Elderly, Mobile Phones, Nature, Number and Balance of Interactions
Stream: Media and Communications
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: , Elderly and the Mobile Phones


Prof Dr. Normaliza Abd Rahim

Lecturer, Department of Malay Language, Universiti Putra Malaysia
Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Normaliza Abd Rahim is currently the coordinator for the Translation and Intepretation and Language Technology Lecturer at Universiti Putra Malaysia. Due to her keen interest in language technology in teaching and learning, and her wide experience in teaching the English language courses, she was appointed as the consultant for curriculum development for private universities and colleges in one of the states in Malaysia. As such, she provides assistance in developing activities to enhance the usage of English language by using the computer amongst the students in the university. She is also interested on special educational needs children where at present she is the consultant for one of the states in Malaysia. She involves voluntarily in giving advice to parents and teachers of the special needs.

Dr. Zaitul Azma Zainon Hamzah

Lecturer, Department of Malay Language, Universiti Putra Malaysia
Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Holds a Doctoral Degree in Semantic and Pragmatic. Areas of interest are Pragmatics in Children, Semantic and Translation. Currently supervsing Ph.D students mastering the Teaching and Learning of Malay Language.

Ref: I08P0067