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Seniors and text messaging on mobile touchscreen phones

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the NordiCHI 2014: The 8th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Fun, Fast, Foundational
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)1595930361, 9781450325424
Publication statusPublished - 26 Oct 2014
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
Event8th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, NordiCHI 2014 - Helsinki, Finland
Duration: 26 Oct 201430 Oct 2014


Conference8th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, NordiCHI 2014


We studied how senior citizens write and send text messages on their own mobile phone and two touchscreen smartphones. Each participant participated in three training sessions and wrote messages with three phones. We found that the range of text entry performance among seniors is large. Average text entry rate in entering a 34 character test phrase was only 3.5 wpm. Further work to improve text messaging user interfaces for older un-skilled users is clearly needed. Copyright is held by the owner/author(s).

ASJC Scopus subject areas


  • Learning, Mobile phone, Older adult, Text messaging, Touchscreen