Research reveals a further 72% of Aussie grandparents couldn’t imagine their life without the internet.
Research reveals a further 72% of Aussie grandparents couldn’t imagine their life without the internet. Ingram Publishing

PROOF: Grandparents as tech obsessed as youngsters

PROVING that the stereotype that older Australians are technophobes is incorrect, new research has revealed that 93% of Aussie grandparents are surfing the internet every day.

The study by NBN, the company behind the county's new broadband network, found that grandparents were now swapping stereotypical hobbies such as knitting for 'internetting'.

The GranTechies Report found that a further 72% of Australian grandparents said they couldn't imagine their life without the internet, with 72% stating that using the internet makes them feel more educated and a further 66% feel more purposeful.

In fact, silver surfers think they are just as tech-savvy as their kids and grandchildren, with almost two thirds (59%) believing their generation are just as savvy as their younger counterparts.

Aussie grandparents are using internet for tasks such as email or Skype to connect with family and friends (85%), online shopping (59%), and downloading or streaming video and music content (24%).

How often do you use the internet?

This poll ended on 25 November 2016.

Current Results

Every day.

87%

A few times a week.

12%

Once a week.

0%

Rarely.

0%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Millennial-men are leading the charge when it comes to staying in touch with their grandparents via social media, with almost half (44%) admitting to connecting with Nan and Pop, compared with less than a third (29%) of granddaughters.

Nan Bosler, president of the Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association, said: "Gone are the days where grandparents were thought of as tech dinosaurs - this research shows senior Australians are well and truly riding the tech wave.

"'GranTechies' are moving beyond using the internet to simply keep in contact with family and friends to become more advanced online users.

"We are seeing an increasing number of Aussie grandparents regularly enjoying 'how-to' DIY videos to brush up on their cooking and building skills, downloading and streaming movies and even starting their own interactive blogs."

The study analysed the survey responses from a total of 1002 Australians aged 18-34 and 55-plus.

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