Thursday, January 20, 2022
Pew Research Center periodically releases reports about older adults using tech, with the latest one released last week. Share of those 65 and older who are tech users has grown in the past decade explains although tech use is higher among younger folks, "on several fronts, adoption of key technologies by those in the oldest age group has grown markedly since about a decade ago, and the gap between the oldest and youngest adults has narrowed, according to new analysis of a Center survey conducted in 2021." Here's some data collected about specific technologies: about 65% of older adults (65+) have smart phones, about 1/3 less than younger people. There's a bigger gap between the age groups as far as social media uses. The gap on internet access is narrowing, although those 65+ are connected at about 75% of the rate of younger folks, but this gap narrows for the near old. However, the data on frequency of internet usage shows a significant gap based on age, with less than 10% of the 65+ group indicating they were on the internet constantly.
I was a bit surprised at the numbers, thinking with social isolation, the participation by older adults would have been higher. There is some good info in this report, so check it out.