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Women Age 50+ Want Technology for Christmas
Nov 18, 2011
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Smartphones, computer tablets, and e-readers are high on the list of holiday must haves for women age 50+, who are become more tech-savvy overall, according to a new study from VibrantNation and Silvers Summit.

Key findings of the study on women age 55+:
• 32% acquired an iPad or tablet computer in the past year
• 59% of those who don’t have a tablet want one
• of those with an e-reader, 66% have a Kindle
• 46% have used iTunes to buy music
• two-thirds of 55+ women own a smartphone; 54% bought a new smartphone in the last year
• of smartphone users, 45% downloaded 10 or more apps in the last year
• 34% use their smartphone or table to read bar codes (Quick Response or QR codes)
• 78% text with adult children
• 31% video chat with their children

Stephen Reily, founder and CEO of VibrantNation.com, called boomer women the "command center of the family" – often caring for kids as well as aging parents - so they drive a lot of technology purchases. "Women now represent more than half of the U.S. workforce and have been using technology in business for more than 20 years. As such boomer women have lived their entire adult lives as tech adopters and they don’t stop just because they turn 50. This new research reflects that they are an increasingly important force in the consumer electronics world.”

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