If you ever had to teach an elderly person to use a touch phone, you should know how difficult it is. No, of course, sometimes come across some cheerful old people who immediately understand the principle of operation with touch screen and smartly manage it, which it seems like they have been doing it all his life. But most often people age it is quite hard to get used to the taps without a tactile response, and especially gestures, to which it is necessary to resort to certain tasks. And all because the software developers are guided only by the young people and do not take into account the needs of older people.
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84-year-old Masako Wakamiya, which is one of the most famous age of developers of mobile software, gave an interview to the Financial Times, which explained why older people find it hard to cope with touchscreen smartphones. According to her, one of the reasons because of which users of age is difficult to master the touchscreen, is disappearing from limb mobility. Such people is simply hard to move your finger across the screen, performing many small actions. Therefore, says the developer, even if older and use touchscreen devices, it is very difficult to get them to start to use the apps.
Why older people find it hard to use smartphones
Today, the majority of programs focused on the touchscreen are controlled by the combined method – using touches and gestures only, or using gestures. But if you touch the screen to get the desired result, for older is simple, with a swipe the problem starts. Call the context menu, flip, rewind, and many other activities are performed through swipes and developers corny unaware that this method of control is banal does not fit a significant group of users.
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The vast majority of developers tested their software just for the young, not thinking about the elderly, says Wakame. And in vain, because thus they lose a large audience of users. So all your apps Wakamiya designs so that they were easy to use people of different ages. But not enough to replace the swipe on the touch where asking swipes, she explains. The development of each programme requires an individual approach.
How to make a smartphone suitable for older
So, if you want to make life easier for their grandparents and other older relatives who are afraid to take a touch smartphones in hand, just need to make the correct setting. First of all turn on in Android settings system key instead of gestures. This can be done under “System navigation”. However, this is not enough. Older important activity, otherwise it will be difficult to understand that the screen recognizes touch. So you need to include more and haptic feedback for touches. To do this, go to “Settings” — “Sounds” — “haptic feedback” and enable this option.
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Generally, because of the larger list of available settings Android may be a more preferable platform for older users. iPhone the latest generation, for example, actually lost a physical Home button and completely switched to gesture control. Needless to say, get used to it for a person in age will be hard, so it is best to bet on the “green robot”. And to avoid all sorts of problems with performance, it is better to bet on a smartphone with the latest version of the OS, which I’m sure will continue to be updated in some time.