Seniors Upping Digital Use

20 Jul

According to the Pew Research Center, U.S. seniors have become much more active with digital devices over the last several years:

“A record 46 million seniors live in the United States today, and older Americans – those age 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. At the same time America is graying, recent Pew Research Center surveys find that seniors are also moving towards more digitally connected lives. Around four-in-ten (42%) of the adults ages 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 U.S. 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.”

 
The first chart below shows how the usage of digital technology among seniors has grown by device/platform. The second chart indicates how Internet use by seniors varies by demographic factors.
 

 

 

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