Tuesday, April 9, 2013

When walking into the Apple store at Keystone, you would think to find more people in their early twenties to forties. This was not the case, I began noticing older adults buying mini IPads, IPads, Mac computers, etc. Seeing this surprised me, because we hear about the digital era we are in, but I know when it comes to my father using his IPad, he only uses it for Facebook (Sadly) and Flipboard. Although, this makes me wonder, are older adults starting to get better at technology, than the younger generation?



From the Article Online habits Coming Slowly to Older Adults, explains how older adults are all coming to the digital era. In addition, it goes into explaining, the more money someone has (older adults) the more technologies they will buy to fit into society. I believe this to be true, because my ninety-three year old grandma has an IPad, and she uses a variety of apps and takes it with her everywhere. This question is for you: Do you believe that technology is being used by older adults, if so, how can you tell?

10 comments:

  1. I definitely think older people are beginning to utilize more digital technology in general. Nowadays, it's kind of hard to get by without basic digital know-how, especially in the work force. However, I'd be interested to see how well older people are utilizing technology after leaving the workforce, when the need may not be as great. My grandmother, for example, is retired and can't even figure out how to put a CD into her car stereo. "Too many buttons," she says.

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  2. I agree! Older adults are definitely getting more active in the digital world. From my personal experience, it's a lot of older women. My great grandpa, past away a couple years ago, hated newer technology and refused to use anything like a computer or cell phone. While my grandma loves technology! She, too, has a Facebook (unfortunately) and loves it. Anytime I am at her house, she is on her computer. It varies on the person, but I think that older people are using technology more! And I think they honestly must to adapt to our lives now and in the future.

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  3. My mom just got an Iphone 4s and she still has questions but is very capable of using it. The technology can be complicated but for the most part is being made as user friendly as possible. I know when I get older I am going to try to keep up with technology. The fact that older people are trying to adapt to the society I think makes total since. You just simply have to keep up with the times.

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  4. I think older generations are starting to use technology more, I just don't honestly believe that most have adequate skills in doing so. My grandparents and parents have smart phones and iPads and stuff like that, yet my grandmother still has me attach an image to her text message for her. I think that older generations are definitely capable of learning and using technology as affectively as younger generations, I just don't think we are at the point yet, at least as far as majority is concerned.

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  5. Yeah, older people are getting more used to technology for sure, now there is a great difference in the degree though. For example, take my two grandma's. One has an android tablet and can, for the most part, use it just fine and rarely needs my help to figure anything out on it. The other has facebook, I don't know that she has ever used it, and needed my help just to delete a folder in her yahoo mailbox. Then there are people like the guy that is in charge of the tech team at my church, he almost 50 is always up with new technology (usually more so than I am, and I am better than a lot of people I know with technology). Older generations are fully capable of being just as good as we are with technology, it just depends on the type of interest they have in learning.

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  6. I can definitely see how older adults and the older generations are now starting to use more and more technology. My 85 year-old grandmother has a Facebook and a kindle that she uses for reading. However, I don't feel that the older generations use these technologies to their potential.

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  7. Firstly, I'm pretty shocked that you witnessed this kind of activity, especially at a more upscale shopping center like Keystone. But I guess what you got from the article makes sense. I mean, I know that I personally could never afford most of the newer gadgets and electronics like, say, my parents might be able to. But getting to the question, yes, I do think that more and more people of the older generations are starting to acclimate themselves to modern technological ways. My Dad, nicest guy you'll ever meet, but he is absolutely incompetent when it comes to using just about any "smart" device. But with that said, my parents did recently buy a new iPad (which blew my mind) and they love it. Sure they don't get really into the whole "app" scene, but at least they're making some progress right? So yeah, the Baby Boomers are finally catching up to us!!

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  8. Older folks are definitely starting to get involved in technology (and social media too). My mom received an ipad for Christmas last year and loves it. My Dad told me it is one of the best gifts he has given her in their over 25 years of marriage (from a practicality and amount of use standpoint).

    I notice many other adults with ipads and iphones and slick laptops - technology definitely is something that is catching on with them.

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  9. There's no reason why older adults can't or shouldn't use technology in this growing digital era. Some may be stubborn or uninterested but for those who want to keep in contact with their families and up-to-date about what's going on in the world quickly, they would want technology too. And why shouldn't they? We like it because we're used to it. We've grown up in this era and easily grasp the concepts of this new technology. Although older adults may take a while to understand and fully grasp the concepts offered by the technologies, if they have the money for it, there's no reason for them not to attempt to keep up with these ever growing digital era.

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  10. Honestly I know for a fact that my grandma's pretty interested in technology, but her eyesight's bad enough that she can't really mess with some of it. She didn't even use her computer that much until I managed to show her how to zoom in so she could read it more easily. But I can honestly say that older people seem to have an interest in technology. One of the ones that made sense was where one of her friends loved the way that TVs were constantly getting bigger, since he had eye problems as well, a bigger screen made it a lot easier for him to see what was going on, and he's actually got back to watching game-shows since he was able to enjoy them again.

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