A study of 2,000 adults who have a relative aged 75 and over found 30 per cent claim their homes are brimming with the latest gizmos – bucking the stereotype that they shy away from technology.
The average person in this age bracket is proficient at using smart phones, laptops and streaming services.
While 28 per cent use WhatsApp and 19 per cent can happily make and receive video calls.
However, 28 per cent said their older relatives have little-to-no understanding of how to use modern technologies, with a further 23 per cent not particularly tech orientated.
The research was commissioned by the mobile phone company Three UK, which is offering over 75s free digital training sessions in its stores across the country on Sunday 14th May.
Spokesperson Craig Miller said: “The research shows how older adults have embraced technology in an increasingly digital world.
“However, it’s not easy for everyone and many people might not have someone close to them who has time to show them how to use new things.
“What the research shows is the capability of older adults to learn how to use anything from a smart speaker to smart doorbell.
“As we prepare to celebrate the Coronation, we have seen how King Charles has taken on a new role, so there’s no reason why others his age can’t adjust to something new, too.”
Staying connected – using modern tech
Of those who are technically proficient, relatives have seen them watch videos on YouTube, send videos via messaging apps and played online games such as crosswords.
And 38 per cent believe their family member goes against the stereotype older people can’t use tech.
While one in six (15 per cent) have gone as far as taking on a form of training, with 45 per cent of those taking a computer class.
However, of all over 75s, 51 per cent

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