Working in the tech industry, it’s easy to forget older adults exist when creating web technical design. But by 2030 about 19% of the U.S. population will be older adults which is about the same number of people that own an iPhone today. Of these two groups, it’s easy to figure out that Silicon Valley would spend more time thinking about people that own an iPhone.
This is very unfortunate, because many older adults have so much to contribute. A great example is ‘Speaking Exchange’, which is an initiative connecting U.S. retirees with kids who are learning English in Brazil.
This is a win-win situation because these kids are interacting with someone that is patient and works with them in a warm kind-spirited way. Older adults tend to be significantly happier and appreciate what they have, despite declining health.
As they interact with digital technology, attention made to Coding Design can make a big difference for them. There are 7 areas covered in this article that will help senior citizens read and comprehend your communication much better:
Vision and Hearing (2) Motor Control (3) Device Use (4) Relationships (5) Life Stage (6) Experience with Technology (7) Cognition
Many system designers talk about “changing the world and making people’s lives better.” And they can, but not by excluding large populations from the benefits of technology through bad coding.
Read Article (Ollie Campbell | smashingmagazine.com | 02/05/2015)
Web designers may have busted-a-move too quick in their rush to shrink websites to fit on those tiny 4-inch smartphone displays (hope they didn’t delete the old ones). In the Asian markets phablets have already enveloped 50% of the smartphone sales according to Flurry Analytics. In the U.S. market they claimed 21% of smartphone sales during the 1st quarter this year, that’s almost quadruple what they did last year this time.
Start shopping for pants with larger pockets or a larger purse!
From past experience, there are additional benefits to attentive coding. The life cycle of the application is greatly extended and also its value.
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