What are Aussie Seniors Doing Online?

Gone are the days when the only screen most people accessed was a television screen or occasionally a cinema screen. Tablets, smart phones and not to mention desktop and laptop computers, have invaded our lives in the recent years.

Australians over 65 are increasingly getting on board with the digital world. A research by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) found that Aussie seniors are more tech savvy than their counterparts in the UK and US. 79% of older Australians have accessed the internet, compared to 58% in US and 56% in the UK.

The ACMA 2016 report also provides an insight into what exactly are Aussies Seniors doing online? Here are some of the interesting findings of the report.

  1. More than 85% of older internet users go online at least once a day. Almost all of them (98%) do so in the comforts of their own home.
  2. Email is the most common online activity for those over 65 (76%).
  3. 53% of senior Australian are ditching long queues by using online banking and one in two are paying their bills online.
  4. Use of social media is increasing but still low. Google and Facebook are highly used.
  5. Why stay home to watch your favourite TV show when you can watch it online- anytime, anywhere! Almost all (99%) of older internet users researched, watch free-to-air television. Two thirds have read a newspaper online and 88% have listened to the radio.

The main benefits to the consumers for using online services, includes time savings (through reduced travelling and waiting times) and avoiding out-of-pocket costs associated with transportation and postage, the report concludes.

STAR Community Transport Online Booking

For speedy, effective communication with our clients, STAR Community Services has recently updated its website www.starcommunityservices.org.au . We also offer online bookings for our transport clients. With the click of a button you can book your transport with us. It's easy and quick. If you need any help getting started with STAR online booking, please get in touch with us.

Read the full ACMA report here.