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Ryan Moore

Recent research has identified older adults as especially susceptible to misinformation online, possibly because they tend to be less digitally literate relative to younger individuals. My research centers around creating digital media literacy interventions for older adults to improve their resilience to misinformation and other false content online. Despite this demographic’s growing size, the increasing use of the internet and social media, and the substantial electoral import, relatively little research on online misinformation has focused on older adults. Identifying effective strategies to build their resilience to misinformation can help older adults emerge as a key asset in the fight against the spread of misinformation. More broadly, I am interested in understanding the attitudes that older individuals have toward new technologies (e.g., virtual reality) and platforms (e.g., Facebook) and identifying ways in which we can support older adults’ use of these technologies to stay connected and achieve their goals.