27% can be considered "virtual shut-ins," as they do not use any technological devices, programs or apps.
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Connected Living for Social Aging
Released April 29, 2011
People are social. Their need to communicate and stay engaged with work, family, friends, and peers is a driver for adoption of enabling technologies like cell phones and social networking sites. While usage among adults aged 50+ is accelerating, tech vendors and designers could reach more of this market by adopting the principles identified in the new report: Connected Living for Social Aging: Designing Technology for All, researched by Laurie M. Orlov, founder and Principal Analyst of market research firm Aging in Place Technology Watch.
The report’s insights about the required attributes of technology products that are designed for all are based on interviews with thirty experts drawn from companies like Intel, Philips, HP, Microsoft, Cisco, and Google as well as research and industry experts from Forrester, UCLA, Georgia Tech, USC, and Carnegie Mellon.