Senior Citizens Least Likely To Fall For Spam

from the good-for-them dept

My grandparents know to ignore and delete spam because they’re pretty net savvy individuals who read Techdirt every day – and know that spam is bad news. However, many people assume that the growing crowd of senior citizens online are less internet savvy, and thus, more likely to fall for spam scams. A new study, however, suggests that (as we used to believe) our elders are wiser that we might think. According to the study, senior citizens are the least likely to respond to spam, while all those 18-to-29 year-old know-it-alls who are keeping the spammers happy by replying. Of course, this was an online survey, so all the usual caveats apply.

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dorpus says:

When will the definition of "senior citizen" chang

The notion of retiring at 65 is perhaps valid only in the context of the 20th century, when life spans were shorter. In order to keep pension systems solvent, in order to accomodate longer life spans, maybe the definition of “senior citizen” will start at 85 by the time we get old.

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