What is 'Cyber Security'?: Differential Language of CyberSecurity Across the Lifespan

Simon Jones, Emily Collins, Ana Levordashka, Kate Muir, Adam Joinson

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People experience and understand cyber security differently. Our ongoing work aims to address the fundamental challenge of how we can understand a diverse range of cyber security experiences, attitudes and behaviours in order to design better, more effective cyber security services and educational materials. In this paper, we take a lifespan approach to study the language of cyber security across three main life stages - young people, working age, and older people. By applying text feature extraction and analysis techniques to lists of cyber security features generated by each age group, we illustrate the differential language of cyber security across the lifespan and discuss the implications for design and research in HCI.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI EA 2019 - Extended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450359719
Publication statusPublished - 2 May 2019


  • Ageing
  • Cyber Security
  • Lifespan
  • LIWC
  • Security
  • Text Analysis
  • TF-IDF

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Software


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