WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2021 In line with a brand new AARP Tech Tendencies report, tech use by folks 50+ skyrocketed throughout the pandemic and people new habits and behaviors seem right here to remain. What’s extra, most of these surveyed (70%) bought tech final yr, with spending far higher right this moment than it was in 2019: $821 now versus in $394 then. Smartphones, and associated equipment, together with Bluetooth headsets, topped the checklist of purchases, however sensible residence expertise was important to them, too. Unsurprisingly however importantly, expertise use has facilitated social connectedness all through the pandemic. The charges of reliance on tech for social connection is persistently excessive throughout age ranges: 76% of these of their 50s, 79% of these of their 60s, and 72% of individuals 70+ all rely tech as their hyperlink to their households and the broader world.
“The pandemic redrew the strains: Tech has gone from a nice-to-have to a need-to-have for People 50+, and their new habits are right here to remain,” stated Alison Bryant, AARP Senior Vice President of Analysis. “Those that can afford tech are spending much more than they did only a few years in the past – greater than twice what they spent in 2019. And their motivations range: Some use tech to work, others to remain related to household and mates, and others nonetheless to allow them to age in place or assist them. On the identical time, we’re additionally aware of the digital divide, the place an absence of affordability may imply no entry to tech and its advantages.”
AARP 2022 Tech Tendencies Report Key Findings:
- Older adults proceed to include tech into their lives. Sure tech behaviors shaped throughout the pandemic seem to remain reminiscent of, video chat, making on-line purchases, ordering groceries, banking, and fascinating in well being providers – with older adults making extra purchases and monetary transactions on-line in comparison with earlier years.
- Within the final two years, older adults’ utilization of a house assistant and proudly owning a wearable has doubled. The examine reveals that studying methods to use and handle sensible residence expertise is a prime curiosity of the 50-plus. Smartphones proceed to be adopted in new methods to handle day-to-day dwelling and leisure. This yr, one third of older adults ordered meals from a restaurant and one in 4 listened to podcasts on their smartphones.
- Well being-related improvements and every day objects that mechanically observe well being measures are additionally of prime curiosity. Nonetheless, 42% of older adults really feel tech in not designed with them in thoughts.
- About 30% of older adults are utilizing tech to pursue private passions, principally with video content material. Streaming content material continues to extend with most of them subscribing on common to 3 platforms.
Moreover, AARP may have a sales space at CES 2022 in Las Vegas, NV to additional form and drive conversations amongst business leaders on the intersection of longevity and expertise. AARP Innovation Labs will host a lot of speaker shows, a pitch competitors with superstar friends, and rather more.
AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan group devoted to empowering folks 50 and older to decide on how they reside as they age. With a nationwide presence and almost 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what issues most to households: well being safety, monetary stability and private success. AARP additionally produces the nation’s largest circulation publications: AARP The Journal and AARP Bulletin. To be taught extra, go to www.aarp.org, www.aarp.org/espanol or comply with @AARP, @AARPenEspanol @AARPadvocates and @AliadosAdelante on social media.
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