5 Most Popular Daily Online Activities of Baby Boomers
The stereotypes about baby boomers and technology are pervasive, but are they true? It is true older adults have adopted technology a little late when compared to the general public, but today this age group is more tech-savvy than ever before.
The infographic you'll see below was crafted by medalerthelp.org team to avoid misconceptions and give a real insight into how seniors 'get along' with technology.
Baby Boomers and Technology
66% of people aged 65+ uses the Internet while 63% of older adults aged between 60 and 65 own a laptop. Therefore, saying that our grandpas and grandmas are all at sea when it comes to using electronic devices or gadgets is nothing but an exaggeration.
One of the main reasons behind improved rates of technology adoption among the elderly is the increased awareness of the usefulness of the Internet, and just like us, they are using the Net for many different activities.
According to the infographic below, the most popular activity of people aged 60+ is checking email. 91% of Internet users among this age group login into their inbox daily. Interestingly, the majority of older adults don't use their laptops or desktop computers but rather check for new mail on their smartphones.
Next on the list of popular Internet activities for seniors is finding information on search engines (70%) while checking weather forecasts comes at the third place (61%). Today, many baby boomers prefer to get news online (51%), which is their fourth most popular online activity. Ranked at fifth place is any banking-related activity. It seems that baby boomers have now finally warmed up to online banking and prefer it more than visiting banks.
Why Do Some Seniors Stay Digitally Disconnected?
While there’s irrefutable proof that the increasing number of elderly is embracing technology, many among them still choose to stay digitally disconnected. One of the reasons for this is physical disability or poor health, which prevents 2 in 5 older adults from using technology. Another reason is a negative attitude toward technology, with 22% of seniors feeling they are not missing out by not using the Internet.
That said, it is hearting to learn that the number of baby boomers using the Internet is steadily increasing. To learn more about the elderly and the World Wide Web, check out the infographic below.