Five Takeaways from New AARP Research on Tech Usage

New AARP research shows that people of all ages are using technology to keep in touch with friends and family. The way people use their devices differ somewhat based on whether they are in their 50s, 60s, 70s, etc. The full survey can be accessed here.

Here are five takeaways from the research:


  • Seventy percent of adults 50-plus own a smartphone and an equal percentage are on social media.
  • Among those ages 50-69, text messaging has overtaken email as the tech tool most used to stay connected.
  • Adults in their sixties are more likely to use their devices to manage medical care than those in their 50s or 70s, particularly among tablet and smartphone owners.
  • Computers are the current device of choice for online banking and shopping.
  • Over four in ten people (41 percent) do not trust that their data is safe online. Less than half of survey participants take measures to protect themselves like using two factor authentication (33 percent) or regularly changing their passwords on important accounts (45 percent).

Five Takeaways from New AARP Research on Tech Usage

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