Friday, April 04, 2014

Few Older Americans Own a Smartphone

Cell phones are popular among Americans aged 65 or older, but smartphones are not. According to a survey by Pew Research Internet Project, fully 77 percent of people aged 65 or older own a cell phone, including the majority of people aged 80 or older. Here are the percentages by age...

Own cell phone
Aged 65 to 69: 84%
Aged 70 to 74: 84%
Aged 75 to 79: 72%
Aged 80-plus: 61%

Few of those cell phones are smartphones, however. Only 18 percent of people aged 65 or older own a smartphone, with the proportion falling steeply with age...

Own smartphone
Aged 65 to 69: 29%
Aged 70 to 74: 21%
Aged 75 to 79: 10%
Aged 80-plus: 5%

Source: Pew Research Internet Project, Older Adults and Technology Use

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