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Ofcom report reveals rise of the social seniors

Ofcom report reveals record numbers of older people are embracing smart and social technology


Record numbers of older people are embracing smart and social technology, with a quarter of over-75s using tablet computers, and half of online baby boomers taking to social media.

The findings are from Ofcom’s annual Adults’ Media Use and Attitudes report, which reveals how people use, understand and feel about the media and communications they rely upon each day.

  • Older adults take to smartphones and tablets in record numbers
  • Half of internet users aged 65-74 have a social media profile
  • But some older internet users lack confidence when online

There has been a sharp rise in over-75s using tablets, from 15% to 27%. And the use of smartphones among this age group has nearly doubled, from 8% to 15%.

Nearly half (48%) of internet users aged 65-74 now have a social media profile. Among over 75s, the proportion with a profile has nearly doubled – from 19% to 41%.

Around nine in ten (87%) social seniors aged over 65 opt for a Facebook account, but a smaller proportion use WhatsApp (6%) and YouTube (1%).

But while 44% of over-75s go online, more than half do not, and most of these (86%) have no plans to do so.

Read the full report at https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/rise-social-seniors

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