More Elderly People Gaming Online, Study Says

The UK Gambling Commission has revealed that more punters over the age of 65 are taking to the internet in order to gamble, with the share of those betting through their computers more than doubling over the past three years.

The study revealed that punters aged 65 or older gambling on the internet has gone up from 3% in 2013 to more than 7% as of June 2016. The next age bracket down, those in the 45 to 54 year range had also jumped from 8% to 16% in the study. The growth is attributed to an acceptance in the role that the internet in playing in society, prodding older users to explore what is out there.

In the 45 to 54 year age bracket, 49% of punters use laptops, while 46% prefer desktop machines. Only 11% of punters said that they prefer a tablet to gamble, meaning that older gamers like to play from home.

It will be interesting to see how the numbers of older punters grows as generations with more experience using the devices advance into older brackets.

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6 October 2016 - 11:20pm

Don't feeling so old for now but I too prefer playing at home Smile
These numbers have quite logical explanation, most of the elderly people have a lot of spare time to fill and ... PC's so it's not exactly surprising that popularity of the online gambling amongst the older peoples grows, I think it's a tendency which will continue to grows in the next years.