The Majority of UK Drone Owners are Over 55

By Tom Pritchard on at

Who says that young people are more willing to adapt to new technology, and older generations are resistant to change? That's clearly a filthy stereotype if these figures are accurate. Apparently the group that owns the most drones are over the age of 55, not the young whippersnappers between 18 and 24.

According to a Drone Usage Report from drone retailer Drones Direct, the largest age group who own drones are over the age of 55. The research claims that 31 per cent of all drones are owned by this group, compared to just 10 per cent in the 18 to 24 category. From 25-34 that number is 12 per cent, 25-44 is 19 per cent, and 45-54 is 28 per cent. You can see a trend there, with drone ownership levels increasing with age.

Why is this the case? Well there's the question of cost. The older you are, the more likely you are to be reasonably well off, with enough disposable income to warrant spending a several hundred pounds on a flying camera. Plus people over 55 probably don't have to worry about rent or mortgages because they bought a house back when they were a penny a dozen and likely paid off their mortgages years ago.

The youth of today doesn't have that luxury, even with our fancy geniusphones and interweb. Rent doesn't come cheap.

The research also found that 68 per cent of drone owners cited photography as the reason they made the purchase, and 45 per cent admitting they were the outdoorsy types. The great outdoors are far better for droning than your back garden after all.

Some negative stereotypes ring true, however, and the research also found that 96 per cent of all drone owners were men. Why? Who knows. Maybe men have trouble going outside without some sort of gizmo to satiate their short attention spans.

The research doesn't offer any details on sampling, so it's worth keeping an open mind about these figures. Still its interesting to see that drones are being adopted by all sorts of people, not just the supposedly tech-friendly youth.

You can read the full report here.


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