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dc.contributor.authorMcCabe, Louiseen_UK
dc.contributor.authorDawson, Alisonen_UK
dc.contributor.authorDouglas, Elaineen_UK
dc.contributor.authorBowes, Alisonen_UK
dc.contributor.authorWilson, Mikeen_UK
dc.contributor.authorPemble, Cateen_UK
dc.description.abstractLoneliness and social isolation can affect anyone, with policymakers recognising the impact of isolation on individual wellbeing and public health. In 2018 the Scottish Government set out its approach to tackling social isolation in A Connected Scotland, a national strategy to achieve a Scotland “where individuals and communities are more connected, and everyone has the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships regardless of age, stage, circumstances, or identity.” A priority of the strategy is to create opportunities for people to connect, with a specific commitment to work with older age groups to “understand how digital technology can add value to their lives in a way that is meaningful”, informing wider work to deliver the Scottish Government’s Digital Strategy for Scotland. The Technology and Social Connectedness (T&Scon) project explored the potential of technology to support social connectedness for adults living in Scotland, producing a toolkit to provide guidance for individuals and organisations on the use of digital technology in building and maintaining social connections. This briefing paper, drawing on the project’s key findings and recommendations, provides a summary of key information for policymakers and practitioners in Scotland, and further afield. Its findings will be of particular interest to those who are developing new ways of keeping in touch, as the risk of social isolation becomes more pronounced in the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic. Key findings  A wide range of UK and international technology-based and technology-enabled services exist, designed to support social connectedness, targeted at different adult age user groups. Most technologies used in this way are intended for people living at home although there are technologies in use and in development for the care home sector.  Data from the Healthy Ageing in Scotland (HAGIS) study revealed patterns of social connectedness among people over the age of 50 living across Scotland. Patterns of technology use across different groups suggest that those who are least socially connected may also be those least likely to utilise technology to connect with others.  Careful evaluation of the target user group is an important factor in the successful adoption of technology-based solutions, breaking down assumptions about who uses technology and who doesn’t, and understanding the risks and opportunities of using technology for this purpose.en_UK
dc.relationMcCabe L, Dawson A, Douglas E, Bowes A, Wilson M & Pemble C (2020) Using technology to promote social connectedness: Insights from the T&Scon project. University of Stirling. Stirling.
dc.rightsProper attribution of authorship and correct citation details should be givenen_UK
dc.subjectSocial isolationen_UK
dc.subjectsocial connectedness, coronavirus, social distancingen_UK
dc.titleUsing technology to promote social connectedness: Insights from the T&Scon projecten_UK
dc.typeResearch Reporten_UK
dc.contributor.sponsorUniversity of Stirlingen_UK
dc.type.statusVoR - Version of Recorden_UK
dc.description.notesBriefing based on: T&SCon: Technology and Social Connectedness, Final Report, available online at http://www.tec.scoten_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationDementia and Ageingen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationFaculty of Social Sciencesen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationDementia and Ageingen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationDementia and Ageingen_UK
rioxxterms.apcnot requireden_UK
rioxxterms.typeTechnical Reporten_UK
local.rioxx.authorMcCabe, Louise|0000-0002-9529-9812en_UK
local.rioxx.authorDawson, Alison|0000-0002-2834-4871en_UK
local.rioxx.authorDouglas, Elaine|0000-0001-8540-1126en_UK
local.rioxx.authorBowes, Alison|0000-0001-8594-7348en_UK
local.rioxx.authorWilson, Mike|en_UK
local.rioxx.authorPemble, Cate|0000-0002-5397-9254en_UK
local.rioxx.projectInternal Project|University of Stirling|
local.rioxx.filenameTScon Briefing for policymakers.pdfen_UK
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