Voice technology ought to have appeal for older Boomers, whose ability to read a small screen and manipulate a tiny virtual keyboard may be declining.
Yet Boomers who own smartphones have lagged in using the voice assistant capability.
According to a September 2019 AARP survey, penetration of such devices was lowest among the oldest Boomers (who might benefit from them most)—falling from 11% among 50- to 59-year-olds, to 10% among 60- to 69-year-olds and to 7% among those ages 70 and older.
Boomers also lag in adopting smart speakers, which bump up against their chronic worry about digital privacy.
eMarketer expects just 17.6% of Boomers to own smart speakers this year, barely half the device’s penetration among Gen Xers. Read the rest at eMarketer.