Investigating the link among flow, social interaction and ICT skills with WOW

ID: 45921 Type: Brief Paper: Other
  1. Emmanuel Israel, University of Ottowa, Canada
  2. Emmanuel Duplàa, University of Ottawa, Canada
  3. David Kaufman, Simon Fraser University, Canada
  4. Louise Sauvé, Téléuniversité, Canada
  5. Lise Renaud, UQAM, Canada

Wednesday, June 24 3:05-3:25 PM

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Although research shows the link between flow and social interaction, this study explore the role of ICT skills in order to experience flow and social interaction. We used constructivism theory as it explains how humans make meaning from personal experiences, social interaction and tool use. The theory of flow was applied because it stipulates that people experience flow when they are fully engaged in any activity (Nakamura & Csikszentmihalyi 2002). A pre and post-test was answered to determine the significance of ICT skills in relation to the experience of flow and social interaction during gameplay. We described the experiences of each participant using a case study and all the participants reported flow, social interaction in relation to their level ICT skills. We found that minimum ICT skills used for daily online operations are needed for older adults to experience flow and social interaction.

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