- 14 November 2016
- Written by Peter Dinham
Thursday, November 24, 2016
This Is A Rather Encouraging Set Of Findings For Digital Health. We Can Only Hope It Continues.
This appeared last week:
Australia’s senior citizens, many of them grandparents, are taking to Internet surfing with great gusto, according to new research which reveals that there is an explosion of smart device and increased access to fast broadband by our older Aussies.
The research, commissioned by the operators of the National Broadband Network, NBN Co, reveals that the majority of tech-savvy grandparents — dubbed the "GranTechies" — say they couldn’t imagine their life without the Internet (72%) with the majority (93% ) admitting to jumping online every day.
The research also found that the seniors are shopping, streaming and Skyping non-stop, now using access to fast broadband for a range of tasks, including using email or Skype to connect with family and friends (85%), online shopping (59%), and downloading or streaming video and music content (24%).
Nan Bosler, president of the Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association, says grandparents are not “dinosaurs” when it comes to surfing the Internet.
“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.
“With widespread access to fast broadband via the NBN network, ‘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.”
To check out the NBN ‘GranTechies’ blog series click here.
This sounds like really good news for the practical adoption of technologies associated with Digital Health. Of course we still need some sensible plans for those who are not there yet!
Posted by Dr David More MB PhD FACHI at Thursday, November 24, 2016