46% of Mac Users are over 55? Makes Sense to Me

I was first made aware of this information from CNet’s Buzz Out Loud Podcast (an excellent podcast, BTW) — according to a study by MetaFacts 46% of Mac users are older than 55 years of age.

I thought that such a figure actually makes sense. I bought my mother an iBook before I ever got a Mac for myself. I’m sure I’m not the only person who purchased Apple products for their parents. If everyone who bought a Mac also bought one for their parents, then there would be a 50-50 split in the ages of Mac users. MetaFacts’ data has the number at 46%.

Instead of playing tech-support and trying to explain Windows troubleshooting, a Mac purchase for a parent could lead to significantly fewer calls. It’s a simple theory explaining the MetaFacts data, but I think it is a good one.

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