According to the study, growing up with television helped shape the boomers’ attitudes toward technology.
The four C’s—choice, control, clarity and community—are what matter most to the group as they evaluate and make decisions related to new technology, says TV Land. Meanwhile, the baby boomer generation still remains an “underserved market as far as the entertainment industry goes.”
This should not be the case, as senior vice president at TV Land Tanya Giles points out. She explains that there are standing misconceptions that boomers are tech phobic, and asserts, “65% (of boomers) have tried out new technology in the last three years.”
Perhaps it’s the way that technology reaches boomers that will catch their interest. The study discovered that boomers are most inclined to use technology when it follows emerging trends, keeps them connected with others, or introduces them to new gadgets or types of entertainment.
When it comes to boomers’ working environments, a new survey concludes that older workers are more likely than their younger counterparts to use faxes, PDAs, and mobile and landline phones in the workplace.
“Working Matures seem to look for challenge and, more than younger generations, value the freedom to efficiently manage their workload, and their active use of new technology enables a more flexible work schedule with maximum career engagement,” explains Genia Spencer, managing director of operations and human resources at Randstad USA.
The chief difference between “older” and “younger” social Web users is how they participate. It’s typical for younger users to interact through comments and online conversations, while older users are more comfortable using it to seek information rather than create content.
For other Web sites popular among boomers, check out all the things that generation became familiar with over the years on Boomernet, “the baby boomer’s surfing center.” Delve into blogging through The Savvy Boomer, a blog aimed at boomers who might have the slightest—or biggest—fear of technology.