Older adults want simple, affordable, practical technology – survey

According to the 2021 Link-Age Technology Survey, older adults continue to play a key role in the technology they need in their daily lives.

This year’s survey included 2,398 respondents in the electronic survey form from April 28 to June 20, Mason, OH-based link-age, said the findings of this latest study are generally no different from the 2019 survey.

The survey shows that older adults are interested and willing to invest in devices they believe in simplicity – if something is too complicated to learn or use, they are not worried.

And size is important – screen size, that’s it. Smartphone ownership (83%) is higher than 2019 (74%), but the percentage of smartphone owners is declining with age, as older adults find it difficult to perform certain tasks on a mobile device due to its small screen size.

Owners’ personal computers (72%), laptops (66%) and tablets (58%) continue to be owned, and PC ownership has increased by 11% since 2019. Of course, they are well-known for their television programs, movies, or sports.

Outbreaks appear to be exacerbated during Internet use. A.D. By 2021, 42% of respondents spent four to six hours online, 47%, and in 2019 they reported one to three hours online. And those who report spending 10 or more hours online every day jumped from 5% to 13%.

The three main functions performed on the Internet – shopping; Bank and payment accounts; And exploring travel, recipes, and current events – it’s been the same, but a lot of people are doing it.

But as many respondents find themselves on fixed income, their willingness to invest in technology is declining – 38% report that in 2019, 30% will not be willing to allocate any financial resources to technology.

Among the challenges listed for technology respondents are cost, complexity, and security.

Older adults say technology is more expensive and devices often need to be replaced or upgraded. Survey participants also said that they are looking for tools that are designed to be easy to learn and use, and that do not need to be upgraded or replaced easily to make the “flu-free flu” easier.

Older people are more concerned about the deterioration of their personal information than with any demographic structure.

“The data reinforces what we saw before the outbreak: The elderly are using new technologies, especially affordable, practical and easy to use,” said Lynn-Age Liaison Executive Director Susan Vyox. We hope that the information in the report will affect many industries and help senior providers better understand the needs and needs of their service providers.

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