Although elderly people still have significantly lower rates of technology adoption than the general public, the fact this demographic is more digitally connected than ever must not be overlooked.
Of course, the extent to which they interact with technology is severely limited when compared to what young people are used to doing, but the strives seniors made in recent years got us to a point where the gap between how the old and the young use technology is smaller than ever.
Today, we’ll be taking a closer look at how much seniors are interacting with the online world in 2018.
According to the infographic below composed by MedAlertHelp, more than 70% of internet users aged 65+ are now accustomed to using the world wide web on a daily basis. Furthermore, the so-called Baby Boomers generation (people born between 1946-1964) spend roughly 27 hours online every single week.
This is remarkable progress when compared to how much seniors were comfortable with relying on the online world just a few years ago.
Unsurprisingly, a vast majority of seniors – around 75% of them, in fact – explain that the initial reason why they started using the internet was staying in touch with friends and family members living abroad.
The following infographic will help you understand the seniors’ relationship with digital technology and just how much progress there’s been made.
The infographic primarily focuses on how the elderly interact with the internet. It shows that, while there’s no denying the noticeable difference between the young and the old when it comes to using the web, the elderly are working harder than ever on closing the gap.