We are often told the digital divide exists not only between races but also between young and old. That generation gap may not be true anymore, as two recent studies show increasing numbers of seniors are logging on.
“While they trail behind younger generations when it comes to device ownership and online usage, they integrate technology into their lives in ways that are relevant for them,” Gina Sverdlov, an analyst for Forrester Research, says of seniors.
A recent Forrester study finds three out of every five U.S. residents age 65 and older now go online, which is about 20 million people. Nine in 10 of them use email frequently, while nearly six in 10 have purchased something online in the past three months.