More older people accessing Internet via smartphone

More older people are accessing the Internet via smartphones.
More older people are accessing the Internet via smartphones.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

SINGAPORE - More older people are accessing the Internet and they do so via the smartphone, an official survey of infocomm use among Singapore households revealed.

Those aged 50 years and above registered the highest increase in Internet use last year compared with 2013.

This is according to the Infocomm Development Authority's (IDA) Annual Survey on Infocomm Usage in Households 2014, released on Thursday (Nov 26). The data was collected from 3,500 households via face-to-face interviews.

Last year, about 75 per cent of people aged 50 to 59 surfed the Web regularly, compared with 67 per cent in 2013 and 50 per cent in 2012.

For those aged 60 and above, the proportion using the Internet was 31 per cent last year, up from 29 per cent in 2013 and 16 per cent in 2012.

Most of them acquired their Internet skills from family members, and they access the Internet via the smartphone, the survey found.