Whether or not or not it’s streaming films, video chatting or navigating sensible gadgets, using know-how amongst older adults rose considerably throughout the COVID-19 pandemic in line with AARP’s annual technology survey.
With older adults at the next danger of COVID and social distancing pointers in place, face-to-face interplay was very restricted. These adjustments triggered adults 50-years and older to buy new gadgets and use them extra usually. Gross sales for TVs, smartphones, tablets, wearables and audio gadgets all elevated, in line with AARP.
However the obstacles to know-how weren’t eradicated although, as AARP reported that older adults stated price, information gaps and privateness considerations had been among the many high causes they might be hesitant to undertake new know-how.
Greater than half, 54%, of survey respondence stated they wish to have a greater grasp of their gadgets whereas 37% stated they lacked confidence when utilizing their know-how.
The survey produced outcomes on possession of gadgets, staying related throughout the pandemic, use of streaming content material and considerations about privateness, literacy and entry.
First, the survey instructed that possession of gadgets amongst folks of their 50s, 60s and 70s has elevated. Adults of their 70s had been discovered to get pleasure from tablets, with 53% of respondents proudly owning one in comparison with 40% in 2019. Additional, 69% of these 70 and older stated they use their tablets day-after-day.
Individuals are spending more cash on gadgets as properly, with older people spending a median of $1,144 on know-how, up from $394 in 2019. The highest three purchases had been smartphones, sensible TVs and Bluetooth headsets/earbuds, in line with AARP.
On the subject of staying related whereas distanced throughout COVID, the survey discovered that greater than 80% of these older than 50 stated they use know-how in some kind to remain related, many every day. This might embrace texting, emailing, social media and video chatting.
Round 44% of respondents stated that that they had a extra constructive feeling in the direction of know-how for the reason that begin of the pandemic as properly.
Streaming amongst older people additionally elevated and plenty of are utilizing sensible TVs to take action. In 2020, 64% of older folks reported proudly owning one, in comparison with 49% in 2019. Amongst these 70 and older, greater than half now personal a wise TV, in line with AARP.
Regardless of all these adjustments, considerations over privateness, literacy and entry nonetheless stay, AARP stated. Round 44% of older adults stated they weren’t assured that their on-line exercise is personal and greater than half responded that they aren’t assured the data they provide or obtain from their sensible house assistant stays personal.
AARP researched via a web based and cellphone survey of two,807 adults ages 18 and older, with 2,271 adults being 50-plus. The survey was carried out between Sept. 25 and Oct. 20, 2020, in English and Spanish.
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