The over 50s are more in touch with technology than ever because it has revolutionised our world since the first dial-up connection appeared in the 1990s is shaping the future for the over 50s, too.
Getting to grips with technology is vital in today’s world, and over-50s are doing just that. Figures from the Government’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that nearly 80pc of those aged between 55 and 64 use the internet for searching, while more than half do their banking on the internet and use social networking sites.1
What’s more, many see it as important for their wellbeing and lifestyle. According to a recent study by communications regulator Ofcom, more than half of those over 55 say that being online is invaluable for being kept up to date with the news and social issues, as well as for keeping in touch with friends and family. Sixty-four per cent agree with the statement: “Being online has changed the way I communicate.”2
Many manage their finances online as well. According to the British Bankers Association, nearly 2.3 million people between the ages of 70 and 100 now use internet banking, while hundreds of thousands of over-60s use banking apps.3 Other popular apps include those that predict the weather – used by 56pc of older people with smartphones – and map apps, which are used by 45pc of 55-plus owners of smartphones.
Welcome to life after 50
Everyone’s saying that 50 is the new 30 – with more free time and more disposable income, you can go on that round-the-world cruise you’ve always dreamed of or even fulfil your lifelong ambition of learning to become the next David Bailey. Staying in touch with technology is vital now days.