As is true of the population as a whole, internet adoption among seniors has risen steadily over the last decade and a half. When the Center began tracking internet adoption in early 2000, just 14% of seniors were internet users. But today, 67% of adults ages 65 and older say they go online.
According to the Pew Research Center, 73 percent of people over 65 in the U.S. use the internet, up from 14 percent in 2000. The older the person, the less likely she is to embrace the internet, social media, or smartphones, but those who have adopted these technologies use them a lot and learn new skills to do so.
A report on smartphone and broadband use by Pew Research published on Thursday says the number of people 65 and older who have a smartphone has increased from 53% to 61% in the past two years. The number is even higher in people 65 to 74 at 71%, but that share falls to 43% in those older than that.
The ONS finds that nearly 1 in 20 people aged 75+ (4.8%) and 1 in 25 aged 65 to 74 (4.3%) have used the internet but not in the last 3 months. So they have either stopped using it altogether or are infrequent users.
Communication. While no technology can replace in-person interaction, the internet offers elderly people the opportunity to communicate online. For home-bound people, the internet can improve connections with the outside world, helping them to gain a level of independence and avoid feelings of social isolation.
Barriers like understanding the internet as a dangerous place, social networking sites being places of socially unacceptable behavior, and regarding the required skills to use computers as being too much, they found the assumptions associated with computers as one of the factors hindering seniors.
Did you know that more than 60 percent of adults ages 65 and older own a smartphone? If you’re one of those smartphone owners, you probably use mobile apps every single day. Here we have put together a list of apps for seniors that are easy to use and can truly improve your life.
According to Pew Research’s most recent social media fact sheet, 69% of adults between 50-64 and 40% of those above 65 use social media. Perhaps more interestingly, 41% of Facebook users are 65+. Furthermore, as of the third quarter of 2019, Statista reported that 58% of adults above the age of 56 use YouTube.
In 2021, the number of smartphone users in the world today is 6.378 Billion, which translates to 80.69% of the world’s population owning a smartphone. In total, the number of people that own a smart and feature phone is 7.101 Billion, making up 89.84% of the world’s population.
Almost all adults aged 16 to 44 in the UK were recent internet users (99%), compared with 54% of adults aged 75 years and over. The proportion of people who had never used the internet stood at 6.3% of adults in 2020, down from 7.5% in 2019.
Numbers from SSB show that 83% of seniors between 64–74 years of age use the internet on a weekly basis or more frequent. 96% of seniors over the age of 67 own a mobile phone, but under half own a smartphone (2014 numbers).
People likely to be digitally excluded