Old-fashioned youngsters


Mobile applications and communication have replaced activities like reading novels and playing parlour games. Instead of taking a walk along the landscape, we rather stay at home with our smart device. This development does not only affect us as young professionals, but also the growing older part of the population. Therefore, in times of technological adaptions, which device do our parents and grandparents actually mostly prefer?

Use of smartphones

More than a half of Dutch elderly from age 65 possesses a smartphone. Compared to last year, this is a remarkable increase of 14 per cent. Whereas 95% of the young customers (age 12-30) own a smartphone, the seniors are rapidly catching up with the digital generation. Unlike the younger population, they also take better care of their device. Less than ten per cent have damaged their phones, while the amount of abusive users among the youngsters is about six times larger. The elderly are not only more cautious with the device, but they often use cases to protect the product. It will eventually enlarge the lifecycle of the phone.

Use of smart tablets

The amount of tablet users from age 65 exceeds the smartphone users. The reasons are not surprising. Tablets are user-friendlier than smartphones. The bigger touchscreen, the larger icons and the brighter colours make the device more popular among the seniors. The tablets are mostly used for daily purposes like reading the newspaper, watching television and listening to the radio. What is striking, is the fact that the elderly mainly use their smart tablet to go online. They easily ignore personal computers and laptops, because those devices are too heavy or too complicated. Services like video calling and web browsing are much more feasible on tablets and that is why these devices are more in demand among the seniors than the juniors. Furthermore, a tablet could extend the time for elderly to live independent at home. Certain applications are developed to facilitate the living conditions, like a Medication-app, where they could check their medicine scheme or the SOS Alarm-app, which can be addressed in emergency cases. With countless benefits for caregiver and caretaker, health care has been improved by the rise of the smart tablets.

Our parents and grandparents mostly prefer the smart tablet while the younger generation likes to use the smartphone more. Both were disruptive technologies. In times of the smartphone revolution, the young population acted faster in contrast to the relatively newer tablet development, where the old population responded earlier. In this case, we seem to be less adaptive than our beloved oldies. Does this make you feel old-fashioned yet?

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