While research shows Americans ages 65 and older lag behind younger generations in the adoptions of new technology, seniors are increasingly getting online and using a variety of tech devices.
In April 2012 the Pew Research Center found for the first time that more than half of older adults (defined as those ages 65 or older) were internet users. Today, 59% of seniors report they go online--a six-percentage point increase in the course of a year--and 47% say they have a high-speed broadband connection at home. In addition, 77% of older adults have a cell phone, up from 69% in April 2012.
But despite these gains, seniors continue to lag behind younger Americans when it comes to tech adoption. And many seniors remain largely unattached from online and mobile life--41% do not use the internet at all, 53% do not have broadband access at home, and 23% do not use cell phones.
On The Daily Circuit, we discuss the latest research on seniors and technology. What are the major barriers for older generations and what educational programs exist to help?