The age of technology is maturing as the nation’s over-75s become more familiar with the latest gadgets and gizmos.
According to research, the country’s over-75s are far from being “over it”, tech-savvy “gadget-holics”.
A survey of 2,000 adults who have a relative aged 75 and over found that 30% claim their relative has a home full of the latest gadgets – countering the stereotype that they shy away from technology.
The average person in this age group is adept at using smartphones, laptops and streaming services.
While 28% use WhatsApp and 19% are happy to make and receive video calls.
However, 28% said their older relatives have little to no understanding of how to use modern technologies, while another 23% are not particularly tech-savvy.
The survey was commissioned by mobile phone company Three UK, which is offering over 75 free digital training sessions in its stores across the country on Sunday 14 May.
Spokesman Craig Miller said: “The research shows how older adults have embraced technology in an increasingly digital world.
“However, it is not easy for everyone, and many people may not have someone close to them who has time to show them how to use new things.
“What the research shows is the ability of older adults to learn to use everything from a smart speaker to a smart doorbell.
“As we prepare to celebrate the coronation, we have seen how King Charles has taken on a new role, so there is no reason why others his age cannot also adapt to something new.”
Of those who are tech-savvy, relatives have seen them watching videos on YouTube, sending videos via messaging apps, and playing online games such as crossword puzzles.
And 38% think their family member goes against the stereotype that older people can’t use technology.
While one in six (15%) have gone as far as taking some form of training, with 45% taking a computer class.
But of all over 75s, 51% are able to use things like smart speakers and apps.
Respondents surveyed via OnePoll have tried to teach their relatives to access a smartphone or tablet and answer phone and video calls.
More than a third (36%) would like to learn more about using modern technologies to stay in touch with their families, keep their brains active and keep up with a constantly changing world.
Even so, one in five respondents do not believe that there is enough opportunity for older generations to use new technology.
Family members are the most relied upon when it comes to education about modern developments, but luckily 73% feel they can safely teach an older person how to use a smartphone.
Three UK Customers of Three UK can sign up for their free digital training sessions in their nearest store, spokesman Craig Miller added: “It’s completely understandable why certain technologies can seem intimidating to an older person who hasn’t spent their whole life in a digital age.
“But we really want to give the over 75s an opportunity to brush up on their skills – or learn from scratch – how to use things like mobile phones and computers.
“As a result we are running free workshops in all our UK stores to do just that with all skill levels welcome.”
TOP 10 TECHNICAL CONNECTIONS OVER 75 PEOPLE ARE COMFORTABLE WITH:
- Desktop computer
- Video call
- DAB radio
- Streaming services, e.g. YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc.
- Smart meter
- Online shopping for food