One of my favorite blogs, Roger Hudson’s DingoAccess, released their survey results today of older people (60+ years) and their use of the Internet and mobile phones. I was glad to see the results so quickly after the survey and wish I could attend CSUN this March to hear Roger discuss the findings.
Conducted in December 2010/January 2011, the Mature Age ICT Users survey is part of a larger research project conducted by Roger Hudson, Peter Hindmarsh and Russ Weakley. One of the goals of the project is to learn how mature people use the Internet and mobile phones, what issues they encounter, and what practical solutions can be offered to resolve their issues.
Key takeaways include:
- 124 people (aged 60 to 85+) participated in the survey; more than half the participants were between 60 and 74 years old
- 93% use the Internet daily
- About 75% use the web to:
- find information
- read news
- buy books and groceries
- stay updated with family and friends
- 54% use social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter and YouTube) at least once a week
- 33% have participated in an online auction
- Less than 10% use the web for researching family history, genealogical research
- Check out the full report for more information