Most internet users age 45 or older say content online serves less their needs and interests than those of younger persons, according to (pdf) a Burst Media survey on the availability of age-appropriate online content, website design and targeted advertising.
Still, 67.7% of all respondents say their daily routine would be disrupted if their online access was taken away for one week (42.9% say “significantly”) – with “the oldest segment looking very much like the youngest segment,” according to Burst.
Some 43.9% of those age 55+ surveyed say there would be significant disruption in their lives if internet access were taken away.
Additional findings issued by Burst are outlined below.
Though most (52.0%)of the more than 13,000 adult online users surveyed in February said internet content is focused on their age group, there was significant variation in the responses of various age segments:
- Some 76.0% and 73.9% of the 18-24 year and 25-34 year segments, respectively, say online content is aimed at their age groups.
- Most (55.7%) of those age 35-44 also say so.
- However, just 35.4% of those age 45-54 year say internet content is focused on people their age. The proportions of those 55 or older saying so are significantly less.
Website design elicits similar opinions:
- 75.9% of those age 18-34 years say websites are designed for them.
- 55.2% of those age 35-45 say so.
- 36.9% of those age 45-54 say so.
- Only 19.9% of those 55 or older say websites are designed for people their age.
Online advertising is apparently also missing the mark overall – but also particularly in the case of older users:
- Just 38.6% of respondents overall say online advertising is focused on their age group.
- Only respondents in the 18-24 and 25-34 age groups tend to say online advertising is focused on them: 56.6% and 56.5% say so, respectively.
- Some 43.8% of those age 35-44 say online advertising focuses on people their age; 52.9% of them say it targets younger people – as do 72.5% of those age 45-54 and 83.2% of those 55+.
In search of more and new content: Most respondents (59.6%) say they are typically visiting more websites than a year ago – and that’s the trend for all age groups, including nearly 63% of those 55 or older.
Nearly half of those surveyed (48.9%) cite local/national news as their favorite content, but content popularity varies by age group:
- Age 18-34: Entertainment info (44.7%); local/national news (40.1%); online games (38.1%); shopping/product info (36.1%); info for work (35.0%); social networks, forums and blogs (31.4%).
- Age 35-54: Local/national news (54.2%), shopping/product info (44.8%), info for work (42.7%), health info (37.1%), entertainment info (37.0%), travel info (33.7%).
- Age 55+: Local/national news (55.9%), shopping/product info (44.0%), health info (42.5%), international news (38.9%), travel info (38.2%), food information/recipes (34.1%).