Analyzing Chinese older people's quality of life through their use of the internet

Jie G. Fowler, James W. Gentry, Timothy H. Reisenwitz

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The purpose of the research is to explore the well-being/QOL of the ageing population in China. Specifically, the study investigates the experience/meaning of ageing and the strategies that consumers deploy to cope with ageing issues through internet communication. The results show that older people have found creative ways to cope with ageing by recalling the frugal experiences in the past, and purchasing small items as emotion enhancers. The findings also indicate that older Chinese bloggers have limited acquisition desire, do not wish to be a burden on their children, and worry greatly about their future financial status, especially given concerns about the healthcare system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)324-334
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Consumer Studies
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015


  • Consumer well-being
  • Internet consumption
  • Life satisfaction
  • Quality of life (QOL)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Marketing


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