Seniors’ tech adoption rate shows highest percentage increase


Computer users by age group – the highest increase in the last three years reported for seniors aged 50 years and above.

Have you noticed that more seniors around us are using a smartphone, computer or accessing the Internet? This is an observation made by IDA’s Annual Survey on Infocomm Usage in Households 2014 (Survey). The Survey showed that in 2014, about 74 percent of Singapore residents used the computer in the last three months, with highest increase in the last three years reported for seniors aged 50 years and above.

Between 2012 and 2014, there was a significant increase of 14 and 11 percentage-points in computer usage by seniors aged 50 to 59 and 60 & above respectively. This brought the total percentage of computer usage among seniors to 63 percent for those aged 50 to 59 years and 27 percent for those aged 60 years & above respectively in 2014.

Internet users by age group also showed an increase for those 50 and above.

In addition, the Survey showed that Internet usage rate by seniors aged 50 to 59 and 60 & above rose significantly to 75 percent and 31 percent respectively in 2014, an increase of 24 and 15 percentage-points from 2012 respectively. In fact, in 2014, more than three-quarter and one-third of seniors aged 50 to 59 years and 60 years & above respectively used a smartphone to access the Internet in the past three months. This represented an increase of 30 and 19 percentage-points for the two age groups respectively from 2012.

Seniors learnt their computer/Internet skills mostly from family members.

This annual Survey has been conducted for more than 20 years, and its objective is to assess the extent of infocomm adoption in Singapore resident households and residents. This latest survey’s data was collected from about 3,500 households and about 3,500 residents via face-to-face interviews.

The full report from IDA can be downloaded HERE.

 


 

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