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High tablet, smartphone penetration among 55-and-above age group in Singapore

Published on Dec 29, 2013 8:25 AM
Madam Cheow Chin Wang, 63, uses an Acer laptop, iPhone 4 and iPad 2 to check her e-mail and surf the Web. She is among a growing group of older users of mobile devices who are increasingly technology literate. -- ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

She is 63 years old, uses a smartphone, tablet and laptop, and is active on social media platforms such as Facebook and WhatsApp.

Retiree Cheow Chin Wang has come a long way since 2007 when even logging on to the Internet using her home desktop required help from her husband or her then 20-year-old son.

Madam Cheow said: "I kept asking them for help until they told me to explore it on my own."

Spurred to be independent, she then decided to take up computer classes with non-profit organisation RSVP Singapore - The Organisation of Senior Volunteers.

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Keeping in touch

"With FaceTime, I can see my daughter when she's abroad and also see what my other children are up to on Facebook."


Feeling included

"Many people use smartphones because they don't want to be left out, especially in WhatsApp and other social chat groups."

MADAM JILEEN TAN, a 55-year-old personal assistant who uses an iPhone 5, iPad 2 and MacBook Air