'Without it I am nothing': The internet in the lives of older immigrants

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This article aims to explore how using the internet may facilitate coping with the challenges of immigration in later life, based on the case of older Jewish immigrants from the Former Soviet Union in Israel. For that purpose, in-depth interviews were conducted with 32 immigrants living in southern Israel. Results indicated that internet usages by the study participants were: (1) Managing health; (2) Nurturing professional interests; (3) Maintaining and extending social networks; (4) Appreciating the past; and (5) Enjoying leisure. Each usage seemed to preserve and even strengthen the participants' self-worth and improve their quality of life. These findings suggest that older immigrants who use the internet practice, in fact, strategies of successful ageing, which help them to cope not only with the challenges associated with ageing, but also with the tremendous difficulties and losses posed by immigration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)583-599
Number of pages17
JournalNew Media and Society
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2012


  • FSU
  • Israel
  • ageing
  • coping
  • elderly immigrants
  • immigration
  • internet use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Sociology and Political Science


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