Saturday, June 8, 2013

Spotted: Age-related differences in performance with touchscreens compared to traditional mouse input

Older folks do better with touchscreens than mice.

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// published on Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems-Latest Proceeding Volume // visit site
Age-related differences in performance with touchscreens compared to traditional mouse input
Leah Findlater, Jon E. Froehlich, Kays Fattal, Jacob O. Wobbrock, Tanya Dastyar

Despite the apparent popularity of touchscreens for older adults, little is known about the psychomotor performance of these devices. We compared performance between older adults and younger adults on four desktop and touchscreen tasks: pointing, dragging, crossing and steering. On the touchscreen, we also examined pinch-to-zoom. Our results show that while older adults were significantly slower than younger adults in general, the touchscreen reduced this performance gap relative to the desktop and mouse. Indeed, the touchscreen resulted in a significant movement time reduction of 35% over the mouse for older adults, compared to only 16% for younger adults.

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