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SSI Research Reveals Baby Boomers Tech Savvy
One in 4 visits social network sites
A recent survey conducted by SSI found that baby boomers – Americans born between 1946 and 1964 – tend to catch on quickly to the technology at hand. While they may not be the first to jump on the bandwagon, when they do, they do so in numbers. Around 35% of respondents ages 45-54 say they are among the first to adopt a new technology compared with 40% of respondents ages 18-24 who make this claim. Baby boomers also have a solid, and growing, online presence on social networking Web sites. While they are not taking over sites such as MySpace, Facebook, and LinkedIn, they are definitely leaving their mark. One in four baby boomers reports visiting a social network page often.
Survey respondents who say they are among the first to adopt a new technology.
Survey respondents who visit certain types of Web sites always or very often.
More than 30% of baby boomers visit multi-player gaming Web sites. This might be attributed to the focus some gaming sites are putting on the baby boomer crowd by offering games designed to keep the mind sharp.
SSI’s findings, which challenge pre-conceived ideas about the interests and habits of certain demographics, are welcome news for researchers. Technology-related studies need not be limited to youth. Baby boomers, currently 20.5% of the US population, can provide informed, thoughtful responses, too.
What’s more, baby boomers tend to have an attractive disposable income level and are doing their best to remain youthful. This may explain the shrinking generation gap between baby boomers and their children, and their quick adaptation to activities that would otherwise be considered “for kids.”
SSI regularly conducts research on our panels in order to gain an in-depth understanding of the lifestyles and experiences, beyond demographics, of respondents. SSI’s Knowledge Management Team is dedicated to assessing, producing, and conveying information to researchers through research-on-research, industry conferences, joint projects, and knowledge sharing.