Mundane Media Moments: Ageing, the Ordinary and Everyday Life

Digital media practices, such as texting, playing online games, scrolling social media, taking a photo, can be part of the daily lives of older adults. Despite the ubiquity of these practices, they are often thought of as banal, insignificant or even meaningless. These mundane media moments make demands on our time, but they also contribute to shaping our world and relationships. What role do these practices play in the lives of older adults? How might they transform the ways we research digital media practices? In a context of a pandemic, how and where do we situate everyday encounters with technologies that may seem irrelevant?


Situating Mundane media moments in everyday life
Wendy Martin, Brunel University London

Unnoticeable/Untold digital practices
Mireia Fernández-Ardèvol, Open University of Catalonia

Technology and casual leisure in old age
Galit Nimrod, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Memes in pandemic times: from digital clutter to mutual support infrastructures for older people
Daniel López Gómez, Open University of Catalonia

Alexander Peine, Utrecht University

This panel is co-organized organized in collaboration with the Socio-gerontechnology Network, and its speaker series International Conversations in Ageing and Technology.

June 16, 2021
11am to 12:30pm EDT/
5pm to 6:30pm CEST
Video recording and blog post available