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YEI/50Plus-Skills – 50-plussers Technology Skills Survey

Posted By Marilynh / April 19, 2021 / 2 Comments

 A most illuminating and fascinating discussion was held
by a large group of 50-plussers at the recent event
“How SA 50-plussers can bridge the digital divide?”. 


To move forward, we need to understand your level of tech skills. 


Please assist us by completing a short survey (1 ½ minutes)


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Technology is changing the way we communicate and engage.  This last year has highlighted the fact that technology has been the tool that has mostly kept many of us engaged, connected and informed.  Banks, retail outlets, the health sector – all have gone online and are waiting for no-one.  Do you feel like you have been left behind?

A fascinating and illuminating discussion was held by a large group of 50-plussers on this very topic.   Here is the presentation given at this event:


Please click here to view the presentation
given at the event titled
How 50-plussers can bridge the digital divide


Technology Skills Survey


We need to understand the challenges facing 50-plussers when it comes to technology.  We therefore need to understand your level of technology skills.  Once we have this understanding, we will be able to move forward in a credible way.


Please click here to complete this survey.
It will take 1 ½ minutes of your time. 


We hope that you stay connected and involved with YEI
and join us on our journey together
as we seek digital literacy solutions for South African 50 plussers. 



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  • Rob
    April 21, 2021 at 2:45 pm

    Hello YEI,
    Thank you for asking me to take part in your survey. I think the results of your survey concerning digital literacy of 50+ people will not be a true representation of that population group as it is sent to those who are obviously already using email.
    Another concern that I have of this survey is it appears the purpose is not so much to gather information as to sell training services to those who expressed an interest in upgrading their digital literacy. I hope I am wrong on that assumption but the way the survey was worded that is how it appeared to me.

    I am only in my 70’s so I am in the age group who have had computers around for the past 30 years. I think those 10 or 20 years older than me are more likely to appreciate some computer literacy training.
    Keep up the great work.
    Best regards,
    Rob Bareham
    Cape Town

    • Marilynh
      April 22, 2021 at 11:44 am

      Hello Rob – thank you for your comments and enquiry above.

      Firstly, let me reassure you that we are well aware that the people responding to the online survey will be at different levels of digital literacy, and will therefore not be representative of the full population group. The majority will be in the LSM groups 7-10. We are taking steps to obtain the views of those who are not as digitally literate and who may not have access to this online survey – in order to obtain more of a true representation of the over-50 population group in this country.

      Secondly, may I reassure you of the purpose of this survey – 50Plus Skills and YEI have collaborated in order to understand the level of tech skills of 50-plussers. Once we have that understanding, we will be continuing the journey of seeking digital literacy solutions. These solutions will, we imagine, encompass a number of ways that we hope will assist 50-plussers in their technology skills challenges. This is not an exercise where we are specifically gathering information to sell training services.

      Please feel free to contact us at any time should you have further queries.

      We look forward to sharing the journey with you all as we proceed.

      Kind regards, Marilyn, YEI

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