More Elderly People Are Embracing the Internet Than Ever Before
Wednesday, 7th April 2021
While elderly people and technology aren’t always considered a good mix, it seems more seniors than ever before are embracing all that the internet has to offer.
An official survey from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that the number of people aged 75+ using the internet has nearly doubled in the last seven years.
In 2013, only 29% of this age group were online… however in 2020, this proportion of people has risen to 54%!
While you may think this drastic increase will be because of coronavirus, it isn’t! These figures are based on data from between January and March 2020 – which suggests more and more seniors are realising the importance of becoming connected online.
Since coronavirus (from March 2020 onwards), internet use has increased by up to 70%, with records amount of data being consumed.
During the UK’s multiple national lockdowns, it became the norm to connect with friends and family over video calls, order your groceries over the internet, join in with online workout classes to keep yourself fit, and watch endless hours of streaming platforms for entertainment.
Former Coronation Street actor, Jim Whelan, 79, commented: “Although I had been online before the pandemic, it was just the occasional answering of emails. Now I’m a past master at all sorts of amazing things.”
Now more than ever it is crucial that the elderly population is set up online and knows how to use their internet-enabled devices.
10 jaw-dropping internet usage facts
1. 298 million people have joined the internet since January 2019.
2. The average household is consuming 3.5x the amount of internet data they were five years ago… or 38x the amount of data they were ten years ago.
3. The average person will spend around 100 days online this year.
4. Zoom, the virtual meeting platform, experienced monumental growth from 659,000 users in January 2020 to 13 million users in April 2020.
5. TikTok also more than doubled its users, reaching 12.9 million UK adults in April from 5.4 million in January.
6. Online also sales grew by 46% in 2020, compared to the previous year.
7. However, it was online food sales that experienced the biggest increase, growing by 79%.
8. Properties connected to Openreach’s network used nine gigabytes of data each day, on average.
9. Openreach customers consumed 50,000 petabytes of data in 2020, compared to just 22,000 petabytes in 2019.
10. On Boxing Day 2020, a record-breaking 210 petabytes was consumed in the UK
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