Over half of British adults have admitted they would be reluctant to use the current mobility aids available to them should they come to rely on them later in life, due to what others might think.
According to the survey of 1,003 British adults, conducted by RELYNC, the world’s first smart mobility scooter, 57% of British adults would be concerned about using current models of mobility scooters in day-to-day life, due to their current style.
1 in 3 British adults admit that they would not use them in their current form due to out of date designs, even if they became reliant on these kinds of devices to get around.
An overwhelming 87% admitted the reason they would not use the current products is due to worries about how others may perceive them as a result.
The visual design of these kinds of devices was an issue for 62%, closely followed with fears around social stigmas (54%) being associated with those who use them.
What’s more, just 15% would be willing to use one when on a first date, while less than 1 in 5 (19%) said they would do so on a night out with friends.
Ellen Zha, global sales director at RELYNC.com commented: “Unfortunately it isn’t uncommon for those people who use mobility devices to feel a little self-conscious, especially if they’re just starting to use them.
“These devices are designed to enable people to continue to be independent – but in many cases the products that have existed to date have not progressed in terms of visual design and technology at the same rate as other kinds of devices. This is clearly leading to some people having reservations about using them.
“Mobility devices aren’t just for disabled people and offer a great benefit to those individuals who are injured or simply lacking fitness. Whatever the circumstances, there is no shame in using a device that will grant independence.”
The research suggests that, unfortunately the current variety of mobility aids on offer is not appealing to its prospective market as well as it could be.
Zha adds: “The continuous developments in the mobility market means many of the aids are tired and outdated in terms of design. However, the new wave of mobility products are much more aesthetically attractive and consumer friendly. These new designs are changing the image of mobility devices forever and mean people can enjoy using them with pride.”
RELYNC Tech LTD is a high-tech company focused on integrating the latest in smart technology with mobility and urban lifestyle vehicles, to combine functionality with style and fun.
The business’ vision is to create whole new riding experiences which mix functionality, stunning design, safety and fun, to transform the way people travel.
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