Older Australians and Digital Engagement

technologiesOlder Australians are embracing the digital life. While their level of online engagement is lower when compared to other age groups, the vast majority of older Australians are participating online, and the proportions have grown over the past five years.

Seventy-nine per cent of older Australians have accessed the internet at some point in their lives, with seven in 10 (71 per cent) going online in the three months to June 2015.4

Comparable international 2015 data indicates that 58 per cent of adults aged 65 and over in the United States (US) reported using the internet.5 In the United Kingdom (UK), 56 per cent of those aged 65 and over reported having access to the internet at home or elsewhere.6 This places Australia ahead of the UK and US in terms of internet use among older users.

The most popular communications apps for older internet users included Skype (19 per cent), Facebook Messenger (13 per cent), FaceTime (eight per cent), Apple iMessage (seven per cent) and Viber (seven per cent). Further information on Australians’ use of apps can be found in the ACMA’s Communications report 2014–15.

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REF: ACMA Research and Analysis Division: 2016, 4.8.16. http://www.acma.gov.au/theACMA/engage-blogs/engage-blogs/Research-snapshots/Digital-lives-of-older-Australians