Age is no barrier to loving gadgets
NEW YORK, Oct 21 — A recent survey has revealed that consumers over 50 in the UK are just as likely to own tablets and smartphones and enjoy gaming.
Going against the perception that the latest gadgets are solely the preserve of the young, fashionable and upwardly mobile, new research reveals that in Britain at least, the over-50 crowd own just as many gadgets and pieces of high-tech as people half their age.
The survey, conducted by Gadget Show Live, has identified a group it calls GOOFs (Gadget Obsessed Over Fifties) who own digital cameras, smartphones and like nothing more than to spend their free time gaming.
Three in four respondents in this category claimed to have a smartphone, one in five uses fitness apps and 22 per cent own either a PS3, Wii or Xbox.
Less surprising is that 40 per cent of over 50s quizzed have a kindle, 61 per cent have an iPod or other mp3 player, 20 per cent have a digital photo frame and 64 per cent own digital radios — all popular technology gifts aimed at this age group.
Other typical GOOF gadgets include Sat Nav systems (20 per cent), home cinema systems (10 per cent), and tablets (40 per cent).
Of the results, Matt Hodgins, event director, Gadget Show Live Christmas, said: “This proves that gadgets hold as much, and sometimes more, appeal to older generations than younger ones.
“The over-50s often have more disposable cash for high end products such as tablets and flatscreen televisions and have more time to enjoy them, too.” — AFP-Relaxnews