News / 7th May 2018

Tech Adoption Climbs Among Older Adults

Roughly two-thirds of those aged 65 and older go online and a record share now own smartphones – although many seniors remain relatively divorced from digital life

Par Monica Anderson et Andrew Perrin

A record 46 million seniors live in the United States today, and older Americans – those aged 65 and older – now account for 15% of the overall U.S. population. By 2050, 22% of Americans will be 65 and older, according to U.S. Census Bureau projections.1

At the same time America is graying, a recent Pew Research Center surveys found that seniors are also moving towards more digitally connected lives. Around four-in-ten (42%) adults aged 65 and older now report owning smartphones, up from just 18% in 2013. Internet use and home broadband adoption among this group have also risen substantially. Today, 67% of seniors use the internet – a 55-percentage-point increase in just under two decades. And for the first time, half of older Americans now have broadband at home.

 

To read the full article : http://www.pewinternet.org/2017/05/17/tech-adoption-climbs-among-older-adults/?utm_content=buffer5a19f&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

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