Older Brits embracing digital services

07/02/2014
Older People using devices

Britons in their 50s and 60s are increasingly getting on board with a range of digital devices and showing similar behaviour to their younger counterparts.

This is according to a recent study by GfK, which revealed more than half of 50 to 59-year-olds in the UK own an internet-enabled mobile phone, with a third of 60 to 69-year-olds also having such a gadget, eMarketer reports.

One area in which this has had an impact on their activities is how they manage their finances, with online and mobile banking increasingly popular among these age groups. It found 51 per cent of individuals in their 50s use these services, as do 39 per cent of people in their 60s.

GfK suggested that work and family are behind this embrace of technology, as many people in their 50s and 60s are working longer than in the past and supporting children later in life.

"Nearly eight in 10 of those aged 50 to 69 said they were still employed, and 50-somethings were more likely than any other age group to be supporting older children who did not live at home," it was noted.