Note: This shouldn’t be a surprise to our readers. Three years ago we posted: Aging Parents: The Mother’s Day Gift Mothers and Grandmother’s Value Most. Over and over we heard “time with children and family” as the answer to the objective Mother’s Day gift question we asked.
While admittedly our sample was very small as I wrote in that post, if you click the preceding link you might find the responses “hit home.” While the survey below’s sample of 155 is also small, it includes the value (or not) of technology. I spoke with the person responsible for sending me this information and think it fits nicely with what I’ve experienced, especially opening the e-card. Thus–
Survey Shows Half of Senior Moms May Not Get
Their Mother’s Day Wish This Year
“In cases where visiting isn’t possible, technology helps families stay in touch—but it can never replace real human interaction. Our message to folks who are able is: Go visit your mom! We guarantee it’ll make her Mother’s Day special.”
While many busy adults might believe video chats and e-cards are sound gifts for their aging parents, the survey also revealed that two-thirds of senior moms do not know how to start a video chat (such as Skype or Google Hangouts), and one-third do not know how to open an e-card.
- 53% want an in-person visit for Mother’s Day
- 26% think they’ll get an in-person visit
- 61% do not know how to start a video chat
- 32% do not know how to open an e-card
- 89% are aging in place (living in their own homes)
“While flowers and cards come to mind as popular Mother’s Day gifts, what mothers really want is to spend quality time with their families,” said James Dunn, CEO of iTOK. “In cases where visiting isn’t possible, technology helps families stay in touch—but it can never replace real human interaction. Our message to folks who are able is: Go visit your mom! We guarantee it’ll make her Mother’s Day special.”
iTOK is a U.S.-based technology advisory company that helps seniors get the most from their technology. The iTOK Mother’s Day Gift Giving Survey was conducted between April 8 – 22 among iTOK members, 75 percent of whom were over 66 years old. More information about the survey can be found on iTOK’s blog: http://itok.net/mothers-day-infographic.
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Note: This will replace this coming Saturday’s post.
With best wishes for a very Happy Mother’s Day to older mothers everywhere
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