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How to improve elderly users' intention to use public digital cultural services: from the perspective of trust

Yuwen Hua (School of Information Management, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China)
Honglei Lia Sun (School of Information Management, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China)
Ya Chen (School of Information Management, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China)

Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Article publication date: 3 August 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to explore the relationship between elderly users' trust in public digital cultural services (PDCS) and their intention to use PDCS, and reveal the factors affecting their intentions from the perspective of trust to make recommendations that will increase their intention to use PDCS.

Design/methodology/approach

Combined with the trust building model and social exchange theory, this study constructed a conceptual model of elderly users' intention to use PDCS. Data collected from Chinese elderly users who have reached the age of 60 through questionnaire surveys were tested using the structural equation model with partial least squares. Finally, the authors proposed a model of elderly users' intention to use PDCS.

Findings

This study finds that elderly users' trust positively affects their intention to use PDCS from two aspects: service features and user features of PDCS. Concerning the service features, system quality directly affects elderly users' trust in PDCS most significantly, followed by information quality and service reputation. Concerning the user features, perceived value has a higher impact on elderly users' trust than that of service features, and information literacy and information quality directly affect perceived value.

Originality/value

This study adds new knowledge to the users' behavior of PDCS and enriches the prior description of PDCS. The recommendations made in this study provide a series of strategies for practitioners and researchers to improve the elderly users' intention to use PDCS and bridge the silver digital divide, which offers new ideas for improving the efficiency of PDCS.

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Acknowledgements

This study is supported by the National Social Science Fund of China Grant No. 21BTQ042, the Social Science Fund of Jiangsu Province Grant No. 22TQC002, and the Major Projects of Philosophy and Social Science Research in Jiangsu Province Grant No. 2022SJZD094.

Citation

Hua, Y., Sun, H.L. and Chen, Y. (2023), "How to improve elderly users' intention to use public digital cultural services: from the perspective of trust", Library Hi Tech, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/LHT-09-2022-0436

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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