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.”
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.”
THE 40 BEST TECHNICAL SKILLS OVER 60 YEARS OLD LEARNED OVER THE LAST 10 YEARS
1. Make video calls
- Send emails
- Shopping online
- online banking
- Using Google Maps (or similar)
- Sending messages in a group chat in apps like WhatsApp and Messenger
- Taking a photo on a mobile phone
- Use of QR Codes
- Set up group chats
- How to connect to WiFi
- Using a USB stick
- Ordering prescriptions online
- Book vacation online
- Compare insurance offers
- Editing photos on a phone or computer
- Using Bluetooth
- Posting content on social media
- Setting up social media accounts
- Make an online reservation
- sell things online
- Download a Covid Passport
- listen to the radio
- Store things in the cloud
- Filming a video on a cell phone
- Choosing a restaurant
- Stream Movies/TV Shows
- Set up housekeeping
- Using a smart speaker
- Using spreadsheets
- stream music
- Order food via app
- Set up hands-free calling in the car
- listening to a podcast
- Apply for job vacancies online
- Setting up/using a fitness tracker
- Set up a VPN
- Create Role
- Use of hashtags on social media
- Using a game console
- Setting up a YouTube channel
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