Technology adoption among seniors has been increasing slowly but surely. Today, 77% of seniors have a cell phone, 59% use the internet, and almost half have broadband at home. Those still trail the national average, but they have been steadily increasing since we began tracking these metrics way back in 2000.
We also found that the senior population is far from homogeneous—there are two distinct “camps” within the older adult population when it comes to technology use:
- The first group of seniors is fairly plugged in—they own a fair number of technology assets, have integrated these tools into their lives, and view that connectivity as a positive thing. This group is relatively young, educated, affluent.
- The other camp is largely disconnected from the digital world. They don’t use technology to any great degree, they would not feel comfortable learning how on their own, and in many cases they don’t feel like they are missing out on too much. This group is both older and less affluent, and they often have significant health or disability issues that make it challenging for them to use technology.
More in our NEW REPORT that examines the place that technology holds in older adults’ lives.
Panoramic timelapse views of Sacramento by Justin Majeczky
Exploring Science on Twitter with IPython Notebook and Python Pandas
@ Kiwi PyCon 2013 - Sunday, 08 Sep 2013 - Track 1
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
What would aliens say when told Earthlings shift clocks twice a year to fool themselves into thinking there’s more sunlight.— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) November 4, 2013
Steven Pinker interviewed by Mosaic, a new venue for long-form science journalism:
As a matter of fact, religions have concerned themselves with the subject-matter of science… All the world’s major religions have origin myths, they have theories of psychology, of what animates a body that allows it to make decisions. And I think science has competed on that territory successfully: it has shown that those explanations are factually incorrect.