Granddad, step away from the drone!

Now people are living longer and embracing technology, it stands to reason that those over 55, who have paid off their mortgage and offloaded the children, are fans of gadgets as much as the teens and tweens.

So it stands to reason that the majority of drone users in the UK (31 per cent) are aged 55 and over, compared to just one in ten (10 per cent) who are aged 18-24, according to research published in the Drone Usage Report 2017 by leading drones and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) retailer, DronesDirect.co.uk.

Drones aren’t cheap; and take a certain amount of time and patience to perfect, making some low-level spying on your neighbours one of the preferred hobbies of pensioners. Of course, they are useful for home security too.

Drones are also suited to outdoor fun – walking in particular, as well as photography. Those aged 45-54 are the next most likely to own a drone (28%) while just 12% of 25-34 year olds own this type of technology. One in five (19%) 35-44 year olds say they currently own a drone.

Mark Kelly, marketing manager at DronesDirect.co.uk, said “It’s great to see such a variety of generations embracing new technology and taking to the skies. Droning is no longer a niche hobby enjoyed solely by early adopters, and is being enjoyed by a wider proportion of society.

“The older generations may have higher disposable incomes and sometimes have more free time which could be a contributing factor to the soaring popularity. A rise in ownership among the older demographics can also be attributed to the flying gadgets being gifted as Christmas and birthday presents in recent years.”

Fact file

The largest UK drones retailer, DronesDirect.co.uk operates a ‘try before you buy’ service on the latest drones within its dedicated in-store Drone Zone.

For more information on DronesDirect.co.uk and their range of products, visit www.DronesDirect.co.uk.



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