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Older people are becoming more digitally savvy

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New research by the Pew Research Centre shows that seniors in the US are going online, using smartphones and social media daily and the numbers had risen substantially. Some groups of seniors – those who are more affluent and highly educated – report owning and using various technologies at rates similar to adults under the age of 65.

The report also showed that 8 in 10 of seniors aged 65 to 69 go online; around 6 in 10 have broadband at home, and a similar proportion own smartphones.

Back home, computer and internet usage among Singaporeans aged 60 and above had also risen, based on the Annual Survey on Infocomm Usage in Households and by Individuals conducted by the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA) in 2015. IMDA has also developed the Silver Infocomm Initiative, comprising customised training programmes, senior-friendly infocomm learning hubs, and intergenerational IT boot camp, to promote and raise digital literacy among our seniors.

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