This is a good read, packed with thought-starters. Right off the bat though, the premise as it stands seems very much overdetermined, with a whole wack of specious or other causes that could explain the effect.
For one, 'old' users over 30 most likely have very different needs stemming from more senior roles, longer hours and much more demanding jobs.
We also can't ignore the very normal effects of getting older: diminished eyesight, reduced mobility, and so on.
"If you want to predict the future, just look at what middle-class American teens are doing. And right now, they’re using their mobile phones for everything."
Agreed, they are. But if I'm predicting the future for those same teens, it's full of arthritis, carpal tunnel, Rx glasses, and a challenging white collar job pulling 200 emails a day.
I don’t disagree with your points, but…
full of arthritis, carpal tunnel
I think keyboards and mice are far more likely causes of repetitive strain injuries over multitouch.
Oh yeah. Totally agree. I just meant that some of those are things older demos necessarily have to deal with, and that may be a contributing factor in tablet popularity.
I read a study a few weeks back that showed much older demos (60 & up) to own standard ("flip") phones, but also to use tablets a good deal for daily computing. I have a feeling that it's an ergonomics/comfort/accessibility issue we're dealing with.
Totally fair points.
Absolutely agree. The other factor here could be simple economics. For most people, regardless of age, a mobile phone will be a more indispensable device than a tablet.
Which means that, unless they have sufficient disposable income for both, their first choice will likely be a phone. It’s reasonably safe to assume adults have more disposable income than teenagers and this would likely contribute to the distribution in the Pew study.
Does anyone think he wrote this post on his mobile phone or tablet? I doubt it.
actually i wouldn't be surprised if he wrote this on his iPad.