Rise of the ‘GranTechie’ closes the generation gap

MOVE over Millennials and watch out GenZ -Aussie grandparents are some of the fastest-growing tech users in the country.

Latest research, commissioned by the company building Australia's broadband network, NBN, identifies a new wave of "GranTechies" - grandparents embracing fast broadband and smart devices to form deeper connections with their family and loved ones.

The majority of Aussie grandparents surveyed use the internet to connect with their children (76%), grandchildren (59%) and other family members (72%).

Grandparents are increasingly using high-bandwidth video calling applications such as FaceTime or Skype to stay in touch with their grandchildren, while more than half are using Facebook and email to connect with children.

Smartphone users aged 55 and over are the fastest-growing segment in Australia, increasing by 28% in the last year.

Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association president Nan Bosler said the group was seeing more Aussie grandparents embrace social media and video calling applications to be present for special family milestones, such as a grandchild's first steps or a distant relative's birthday.

"I have no doubt that with the ability to access fast and reliable internet services via the NBN network, this new wave of 'GranTechies' will only continue to increase their adoption of technology to connect more often and more deeply with family and friends."


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