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Study proves Older People are locked on Facebook with one in four now using a tablet

There has been a striking growth in older people’s use of technology over the last year

More than a quarter (27%) of older people use tablets and are on social media

Older people are taking to smart and social technology in outstanding numbers, Ofcom figures show. Ofcom, is a competition authority for the broadcasting industries of the United Kingdom. Their studies have shown there has been a sharp rise in the number of people over-75’s using tablet computers.

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Almost half of the older generation aged 65 to 74 (48%) now have a social media profile. As do 41% of over-75’s – up from 19% in 2015. The report noted a “striking growth in aged people use of technology between 2015 and 2016”.

Around nine in 10 “social seniors” over the age of 65 (87%) opt for a Facebook account. But a smaller proportion use WhatsApp (6%) and Instagram (1%). However, while 44% of over-75’s go online, more than half do not, and have no plans to do so.
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The Ofcom study found that now older adults are more connected than ever. Only, they spend less than half the time online that the younger generation does. At 15 hours a week for over-65’s compared with 32 hours among 16 to 24-year old. Social seniors also seem to have a more positive experience online. 72% of over-65’s reported that they had seen nothing to offend or upset them in the last year. While older internet users are increasingly active online, 20% of over-65’s describe themselves as “not confident” online.

Ofcom suggested that this could be because older users are new to the internet. With 21% of users over 75 going online for the first time in the last five years – twice the wider average.

Source: www.mirror.co.uk

 

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