In a turnaround from new technologies being adopted by younger customers, it seems that a device that allows people to read books and other media electronically has a large contingent of users who are of the age to worry about retirement living expenses.
An ad hoc survey from CNET.com of 700 Amazon users found that nea
rly half of all Kindle users are over the age of 50, and about a quarter were over the age of 60.
Older users on Amazon.com, the website of Kindle's manufacturer, were somewhat surprised that there were many new tech users like themselves, but cited the device's adjustable fonts which may help aged readers see the text, and a design that enables those with arthritis to better access information as positives of the Kindle.
The reason may also be that those who want to maintain active lifestyles after they retire may have more disposable income to spend on electronic readers which can cost more than $300, as well as a desire to continue reading habits that may be on the decline in younger populations, according to a Time magazine report.