American Seniors Are More into Tech than Gen Z and Millenials

The Misconception of the Use of Technology in Different Age Groups

A common misconception shared by virtually everyone these days is that Gen Z and Millennials are the ones who stay glued to their gadget’s screens most of the time. Most of us bought into that notion because it did not seem farfetched at all. However, some recent discoveries suggest otherwise. According to the economist’s reports, senior American citizens aged 65 or above spend one-third of their day in front of their screens (phones, tablets, television, laptops) as opposed to younger Americans between the ages of 18 and 34. These revelations, although surprising, were also backed up by the Nielsen data. It revealed that seniors spend close to 10 or 12 hours in front of their screens per day on average, which is far more in comparison to youngsters and the middle aged demographic.

Is Technology That Bad?

There have always been naysayers who have argued against the use of technology. They claim that it weakens the mind and brings laziness, among other deteriorating habits. While their claims are not inherently wrong, there is room for some adjustments to them. According to highly reputed psychologists, watching television is not all that bad for people, especially seniors. If they practice self-control and moderation, it is not bad for them. Keeping TV use aside, there has also been an increase in usage of mobile devices in the previous 5 years. People are always at a risk of technology addiction despite their age. However, if accessed with moderation and purpose, technology is beneficial. This is particularly true for seniors who can benefit from the entertainment value and distraction that technology brings. 

How Regulated Technology Use Helps Seniors

Stress, boredom, and burnout are the two main things that trouble most seniors. Their activities are limited, and in most cases, their lives aren’t as social as they once used to be, which is why watching TV in moderation proves to be the perfect coping mechanism for them. Moreover, elders often develop vices that are dangerous for their health. Being glued to the TV screens is also a vice, but it is a lesser evil and a far better and healthier vice compared to others. 

Keeping Viewing Habits in Check

To ensure that viewing television in seniors is regulated and doesn’t become an addiction, few adjustments to their daily schedules are necessary. Pairing their T.V watching routines with moderate exercise, social activities, and mindful meditation will be the perfect mixture to improve their daily routines. 

Bottom Line

Ignoring technology in this generation is virtually impossible. Vilifying it only backs us in a corner as it has numerous benefits. It even regulates emotional well-being if you are sensible about the content you watch. 

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