OAPs say they struggle to adapt to the online world – with almost half saying they are not “tech savvy”.

ALMOST one in five people over 60 say they are still struggling to adapt to an online world.

A survey of 1,500 adults in their seventies found that 39 percent felt they were anything but “tech savvy.”

A majority of retirees feel they are having a hard time adjusting to an online world


A majority of retirees feel they are having a hard time adjusting to an online worldPhoto credit: Getty

And 18 percent find it difficult to manage the online tasks they now have to do every day.

But six in 10 think older generations have more pressure to adapt to using technology because they are comfortable with life without it compared to younger generations.

As a result, nearly half (49%) want to learn more digital skills, as 46% feel they have to rely on gadgets and technology on a daily basis.

It also found that the typical over-60s have learned 12 new tech-related skills over the past 10 years, including making video calls (47 percent), online shopping (42 percent), and using QR codes ( 32 percent). .

Ordering prescriptions (29 percent), selling online (22 percent), and streaming movies and TV shows (18 percent) are also on the list of modern skills that older adults have become accustomed to.

The investigation commissioned by BT groupfound that one in ten use these skills to feel less lonely.

And 65 percent believe you’re never too old to learn new things.

Victoria Johnson, Social Impact Director at BT Group, said: “It’s great to see through this study how much over 60s have learned in a short period of time and that they are interested in continuing to learn.

“To date, our resources have helped more than 14.7 million people across the UK make the most of life in the digital world.”

The study also found that seven in 10 respondents had to use technology in their most recent job, including email (69 percent), spreadsheets (41 percent), and group chat (19 percent).

However, many felt they needed to adapt to an online world in order to manage their lives (37 percent) and stay connected with others (34 percent).

For 37 percent, it has made their life easier, while 18 percent said using technology has helped them feel less isolated and lonely.

On a typical day, the older age group spends an average of four hours online, shopping online (67 percent), paying bills (62 percent) and keeping up with news (53 percent).

While 58 percent of those surveyed via OnePoll taught themselves how to use various devices, 17 percent took part in face-to-face classes and 29 percent learned about their child.

Victoria Johnson added: “Our goal is to connect forever, and one way we do that is by helping older people build their confidence and understanding of digital tools and technology.

“To work towards an inclusive digital future for the UK, we need to ensure everyone reaps the benefits of technology.”


1. Make video calls

  1. Send emails
  2. Shopping online
  3. online banking
  4. Using Google Maps (or similar)
  5. Sending messages in a group chat in apps like WhatsApp and Messenger
  6. Taking a photo on a mobile phone
  7. Use of QR Codes
  8. Set up group chats
  9. How to connect to WiFi
  10. Using a USB stick
  11. Ordering prescriptions online
  12. Book vacation online
  13. Compare insurance offers
  14. Editing photos on a phone or computer
  15. Using Bluetooth
  16. Posting content on social media
  17. Setting up social media accounts
  18. Make an online reservation
  19. sell things online
  20. Download a Covid Passport
  21. listen to the radio
  22. Store things in the cloud
  23. Filming a video on a cell phone
  24. Choosing a restaurant
  25. Stream Movies/TV Shows
  26. Set up housekeeping
  27. Using a smart speaker
  28. Using spreadsheets
  29. stream music
  30. Order food via app
  31. Set up hands-free calling in the car
  32. listening to a podcast
  33. Apply for job vacancies online
  34. Setting up/using a fitness tracker
  35. Set up a VPN
  36. Create Role
  37. Use of hashtags on social media
  38. Using a game console
  39. Setting up a YouTube channel

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