More older consumers in the UK have been shopping online this year, according to a 2019 study from the Office for National Statistics.
For the first time since the birth of eCommerce, more than half of Brits aged 65 and over, or 54% of them to be more precise, said they have shopped online in the last 12 months.
That means the total number of adults in Britain shopping online has increased to 82%.
Based on the data of the ONS, the reason of the rise of online shoppers in the country is that 93% of households have internet access compared to only 70% 10 years ago.
However, only 14% of older adults aged 65 and over have shopped online in the last three
months, while 35% of 16 to 44-year-olds said they’ve made a purchase 11 or more times in the same period.
What items do senior citizens purchase?
If and when senior citizens decide to shop on an eCommerce website, they purchase goods from different categories.
Although the report of the ONS showed that clothes or sports goods are the top purchases of 60% of adults, with household goods coming in second, it’s actually the opposite for 25% of shoppers aged 65 and over.
According to the older folks, furniture and other things for the home and family topped their list of purchases in the last 12 months. Clothes came next and holiday accommodation was number three on their shopping list. Over the last three months, 41% of them spent between £100 and £499.
The data also revealed that 42% of senior citizens use a tablet to access the internet, while 36% of them use either a smartphone or a laptop.
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