Oldies getting down with IT

NEVER TOO OLD: About 95% of Australian seniors are hitting up the internet daily.
NEVER TOO OLD: About 95% of Australian seniors are hitting up the internet daily. FILE

IF YOU thought oldies shunned Facebook and the internet in general, think again - because 95% of Australian seniors get online every day.

Well, YOLO, so why not?

And while those over 50 spent an average 23.9 hours online, seniors aged 75+ are still clocking up around 20 hours a week on average, a study has shown.

Much of this may be influenced by the amount of time grandparents are spending with their grandchildren.

A research survey by Australian Seniors Insurance Agency (ASIA) found technology was being seriously embraced by Australia's Over-50s.

ASIA spokesman Simon Howell said 69.8% of those surveyed said life was better now the internet was around, with 62.1% believing the Digital Revolution has had a much greater impact on our society in the last 100 years than all the major wars in that time put together.

"It's clear technology is significantly improving seniors' lives and ability to stay connected with the world and 72% of respondents say they are confident they will be able to keep up with future innovations in technology," Mr Howell said.

The internet was a daily fixture, with 95% of Australian seniors online each day.

"Although it's becoming more widely accepted, we were still surprised by how much time Over-50s spend on social media and their smartphones, particularly with over a third of responders admitting to joining the selfie movement," Mr Howell said.

Despite many saying they'd be lost without their smartphone, like their younger counterparts, Over-50s are less accepting of online acronyms with 22.1% saying 'OMG' is the one they hate the most.

As for YOLO though, Over 50s are 5.7% less perturbed, according to the survey.

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