Adoption of key technologies by those in the oldest age group has grown markedly since about a decade ago.
Today, 25% of adults ages 65 and older report never going online, compared with much smaller shares of adults under the age of 65.
Millennials have often led older Americans in their adoption and use of technology. But there has also been significant growth in tech adoption in recent years among older generations.
Those 60 and older now spend more than half of their daily leisure time, four hours and 16 minutes, in front of screens.
Roughly two-thirds of Americans ages 65 and older now get news on a mobile device (67%), a 24-percentage-point increase over the past year.
Nearly two-thirds of those age 65 and older go online and a record share now own smartphones – although many seniors remain relatively divorced from digital life.
Although seniors tend to lag their younger counterparts in tech adoption, more seniors than those 18-29 describe their smartphone as liberating.
The Pew Research Center’s latest data on older adults and technology
Adoption is increasing, but many seniors remain isolated from digital life
Mary Madden presented at a meeting convened at the University of Michigan to discuss the current state/future direction of research looking at older adults and tech use.