Majority of drone owners are men over 50 years old

The majority of drone owners in the UK are over 50 and male, according to new research.

The study by found that over-55s are most likely to own a drone (31%), followed by people aged 45-54 (28%).

Just one in ten consumers aged 18 to 24 and 12% of 25-34 year olds own a drone. One in five 35-44 year olds said they currently own one. A vast majority of drone users are male (96%).

68% of those who had started droning in the past 12 months credited photography as the reason for taking up the hobby.

“It’s great to see such a variety of generations embracing new technology and taking to the skies,” commented Mark Kelly, marketing manager at “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.”

Avatar photo

Ben Rossi

Ben was Vitesse Media's editorial director, leading content creation and editorial strategy across all Vitesse products, including its market-leading B2B and consumer magazines, websites, research and...

Related Topics