It is no mystery that Millennials were born in an era where technology made huge progress in a short period, resulting in a wide array of gadgets and devices used both for entertaining and for easing our lives. And what most of the Millennials experienced well in their teenage years or young adulthood, Generation Z is exploring since the earliest stages of life.
Gen Z mainly refers to children born from the mid-1990s and mid-2000s who grew up surrounded by technology and, therefore, are comfortable with the Internet and social media.
Unfortunately, our parents and grandparents didn’t have the same possibilities growing up, which makes them more reluctant to everything that starts with “smart” or “Wi-Fi.” The good news is that they’ve started catching up and, as generations are shifting, we’re noticing an increased interest by seniors toward technology.
Only fifty years ago not all of us owned a color TV, and now we cannot imagine our lives without our smartphones, tablets, laptops, and social media platforms.
According to a survey and a study conducted by the PEW Research Center ever since the young ages of the Internet, only 14% of seniors used the Internet at the beginning of the 2000s. Seventeen years after, the same survey reported that 51% of the senior American citizens had a high-speed Internet connection in their homes.
We notice an ascendant trend towards smartphones as well. These devices have become increasingly popular in the past few years, as nearly 42% of seniors claimed they own such a device in 2017.
Education is also relevant as those who held a bachelor’s degree or a high education degree had higher incomes that allowed them to afford newer technologies such as a smartphone or a good computer for seniors.
Last but not least, age plays an important role in determining which adults are more tech-savvy. According to the same survey, 59% of the seniors up to 69 years old owned a smartphone as opposed to only 17% of those who were 80 years old or more.
Tips to better integrate technology in your life as a senior
However, lower incomes or age shouldn’t stop you from trying new things and embracing the wonders of new technologies. Here is how to overcome your fear and learn how to use a computer or a smartphone even if you’re well into your 70s.
The first step is not to be afraid to reach out. Ask your children or grandchildren to help you better understand how to operate a smart device. This could also translate into a wonderful opportunity to spend quality time with your grandchildren doing something they are passionate about too.
Secondly, you should write down all the steps. Don’t forget that, depending on your age, it takes between 80 and 120 identical actions to create a new habit for your brain. The good news is that you have a lot of spare time on your hands.