Taipei, March 31 (CNA) With online shopping becoming increasingly popular, nearly 20 percent of older people -- defined as aged 55 and over -- have shopped on the Internet or television, according to a survey released by the Institute for Information Industry (III) Friday.
The survey revealed that 60.2 percent of such people have smartphones, 25.1 percent have computers, 7.2 percent have tablets and 4.9 percent have wearable devices. Only 38.3 percent do not have any of these high-tech products.
On average, older people spend NT$2,367 per month on TV shopping, with women spending NT$2,466 and men NT$1,957 on average.
The average amount spent on online shopping is NT$3,633, with women spending NT$1,536 and men NT$7,248 on average. The survey found that 52.6 percent of people in the 55-64 age group use computers to shop on the Internet, as opposed to 47.4 percent who use smartphones.
By gender, 67.2 percent of women in the age group prefer to use smartphones to shop online, while as many as 90 percent of men prefer to use computers.
Among both men and women, public transportation tickets are the most frequently purchased item online.
The survey was conducted by III's Foreseeing Innovative New Digiserves from July 4-31, 2016 among 532 people aged 55 and older who have self-care ability.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel