Older people are letting mobiles disrupt mealtimes
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Dec 10, 2015
Older people are letting mobiles disrupt mealtimes

There's nothing worse than someone constantly being on their phone. But while many think of this as a teenaged habit, there's been a 9% increase in the number of over-65s accessing the internet since 2012. And they're even more distracted by their devices than their younger counterparts.

A report from Nielsen has identified that it’s actually older generations that can’t seem to put their phones down during dinner. While middle-aged mums are renowned for their high levels of activity on social media, the findings state that 52% of Boomers admit to letting technology interfere with mealtimes. Although younger audiences are three times more likely to use their phones while driving and many admit to letting notifications divert their attention when consuming their preferred media content, it seems that only 40% of Gen Yers allow technology to disrupt dinner. This goes against the long-standing myth that kids are always distracted by their phones, posing new questions as to how older audiences are engaging with technology.