The collective efforts of the DigitalScouts team have yielded a exploration into the digital landscapes of the partner countries. The focus has been on comprehending the digital preparedness of older people demographics and the broader national technological infrastructure. It also involved the examination of support frameworks for digital engagement, as well as a nuanced exploration of the professionalization of ICT-based support for seniors.
A detailed analysis of Germany’s research findings has yielded significant revelations. Household composition, notably, emerges as a crucial factor shaping trends in internet usage. It appears that solo dwellers exhibit relatively lower levels of internet engagement. Furthermore, regional variance plays a role, with a substantial 83% of individuals above 60 accessing the internet in Western Germany, compared to 72% in the Eastern region. Also, a direct correlation between age and internet use has been discerned. The younger the age, the higher the likelihood of being active online. Specifically, individuals aged 60-69 demonstrate a substantial 92% engagement, those aged 70-79 show an 82% involvement, and even among those aged 80 and above, a notable 51% exhibit varying degrees of interaction with digital platforms and internet services.
Moreover, gender disparities in internet usage among the 60 and above demographic are worthy of mention. Men in this age group exhibit a higher internet usage rate at 86%, while women follow suit with a rate of 77%. The study has also unveiled a noteworthy insight: among those who abstain from internet use, a significant portion pertains to vulnerable groups grappling with health-related issues.
For a more in-depth exploration of the discoveries from Germany, we welcome you to delve into the German National Report: https://digitalscouts.eu/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/DigitalScouts_National_Report_Germany.pdf