Over 50s believe they can keep up with the latest trends in technology until 80 years or older.
Over 50s believe they can keep up with the latest trends in technology until 80 years or older. Brett Wortman

You're wrong! Over 50's not "too old" for technology

TRADITIONAL stereotypes of baby boomers as technophobes are due for review, according to new research commissioned by over 50s insurer Apia.

The research demonstrates Australia's over 50s are just as tech-savvy as their younger counterparts.

The national study found that more than half (56%) of over 50s believe they can keep up with the latest trends in technology until 80 years or older, whereas 18-24 year olds believe people become "too old" to do so at age 60.

Head of Apia Customer Value, Geoff Keogh said "Australians over 50 are too often considered a homogenous group, despite their varied interests, experiences and behaviours.

Not only are many over 50s digitally confident, they don't see age as a barrier - they use a range of modern technologies and are frequent social media users."

Passionate app developer, Julie Misson, 55, said technology is the foundation of her business Make it Appen, which creates apps for hospitals and health care organisations:

"People don't expect baby boomers to be so involved with technology, so they're usually shocked when I tell them I build software. Nurse by trade, tech-nerd by nature, that's what I like to call myself."

The Apia study also reveals that 66% of over 50s own a smartphone, and 61% who use Facebook, visit the website or app daily.

Avid Facebook user, Linda Butler, 72, said her smartphone is the main way she accesses social networking websites like Facebook.

"Facebook is such a great way to not only keep in touch with family and friends, but to find them too, " she said.

"My daughter often laughs at how I'm on Facebook more than herself and my grandson - I just love it."

Meanwhile, Geoff added: "Our research goes further to prove that Australia's over 50s are willing to explore and adopt modern technologies as part of their everyday lives."


Meghan, Harry ‘struggling to cope’ in LA

Meghan, Harry ‘struggling to cope’ in LA

Dream of a blissful new life has quickly turned into a nightmare

Fresh confusion over virus 'detention'

Fresh confusion over virus 'detention'

Thousands of Melbourne public housing residents have been provided with "detention...

Man in iconic 9/11 photo dies from virus

Man in iconic 9/11 photo dies from virus

This man miraculously survived the 9/11 terror attacks