If you were born before 1952, you join the estimated 3.6 million Australians (19 per cent of the adult population) who are aged 65 and over. 

Given that this older group’s exposure to the internet began only in middle age, how engaged with the digital world are they today? 

The Australian Communication and Media Authority (ACMA) have created a research snapshot that aims to explore the levels of online engagement of older Australians (those aged 65 and over). It examines various measures of digital engagement, including internet access, frequency and location of internet use, as well as the devices used to access the internet and the activities undertaken online. This snapshot also discusses differences in demographic profiles of older internet users and non-users.

Some of the findings include:

  • While older Australians use the internet less frequently than their younger counterparts do, 85 per cent of older internet users go online at least once per day
  • Older Australians use the internet mainly at their home, however they use a range of devices to get online
  • A larger percentage of older Australians have never used the internet (21 per cent) compared to the national average (six per cent)
  • Those older Australians who have never accessed the internet were more likely to be female, on a lower income, in a regional area and without a tertiary education

Find out more on the ACMA website.

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