How do people in their 50s, 60s and 70s use technology? How do we differ from younger people in our use of communication devices and social media? A report by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) examines the current situation in the United States. Interesting!
Middle-aged and older people are no longer a bunch of reluctant beginners. We do use technology a lot, and we use it differently at different ages.
The infographic just scratches the surface: the report has different findings for subjects in their 50s, 60s and 70s. A few random facts:
- Over half of people in their 70s use their computer for playing games
- Most 50+ tend not to trust privacy protection on the internet, yet only a minority take steps to protect their privacy (I guess we’re not alone there)
- Only 17% of those in their 70s use the internet to take webinars or classes, or watch how-to tutorials, a drop from 27% for those in their 60s
Among those under 70, text messaging has overtaken email as the tool most used to stay in touch
How does your use of technology match the norms revealed in the AARP survey?
Of course, individuals won’t match the stats: you and I use tech and social media in our own sweet way.
At a glance, I’m more active on social media than most 70+ users, a keen learner, half-hearted about password protection and other privacy measures, a heavy user of the smartphone, and typically, lacking wearables. Maybe my birth certificate is at fault.
How about you?
Read more about the AARP report on Tech and older adults
Read the full report: Technology use and attitudes among mid-life and older Americans
Read Ronni Bennett’s take on this report: Time Goes By is always a great read.
Technology alert: Time Goes By is a Typepad blog, and opens in a new window