Forget OAPs, we’re IAPs! (Internet Age Pensioners) reveals survey
07 March 2014
We know from our own experience that more and more over 60s can be found surfing the web, downloading apps and sharing pictures on Facebook. So we thought it would be a great idea to really find out what technology the over 60s are using and what for in our latest survey.
Our research not only confirmed our own understanding, but it also took it to another level - British retirees are now a nation of IAPs! (Internet Age Pensioners). Researchers found that more than half of adults aged over sixty are comfortable with downloading new apps, are happy to back up their PC with security software and upload pictures on Facebook. The survey also found that half of retirees now have tablet devices and 47% have smart phones. Three-quarters own a laptop and 61% prefer a desktop PC.
Other key findings in the survey were that 78% of retirees now use the internet to do their banking online and 72% read the news online. A whopping 88% use the internet to research deals and utility quotes, 82% to research days out and 81% have booked a holiday online. Other online activities include buying clothes, finding recipes, watching catch up TV and bidding on auction sites.
Savvy social networkers
The survey found a massive 96% of pensioners polled said they are far more savvy with technology than they were five years ago. Over half said they use Facebook, 41% cent use YouTube, along with 23% using Skype or instant messaging, 19% use iTunes and 18% use the micro-blogging site Twitter. All this activity has reinforced our decision to introduce fast, free Wi-Fi access in our homeowners’ lounges and we will be adding more technology to our latest developments.
A chance to win
To mark the latest results of our survey, we’re now on the hunt for Britain’s most tech savvy IAP and we have three fabulous prizes to give away. To nominate yourself, friend or family member for a chance to win enter our competition here.