Pensioners embrace text messaging

Mobile phones

A new survey from the charity Help the Aged shows that 1.5 million over the age of 75 own a mobile phone, with 300,000 using it to text their friends and family.

The study shows that many older people think that it’s important to have an understanding of new technology, with 26% of over-65s seeing it as a way of remaining independent.

Even so, not everyone is feeling so tech-savvy. 31% find new technology confusing, with 22% saying that their age or disability will stop them benefiting from it. 20% say that they haven’t been taught how to use new gadgetry.

Despite this, it does dispel the image of low adoption rates for technology amongst the elderly.


Andy Merrett
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