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The Silver Surfer: Do the Elderly Need the Internet Too?

April 17, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 356

The fast paced world of the online super highway might seem like the innovative, hyper technological domain of the young; if older people have already managed to survive for sixty years without Facebook, surely they'll not need it now. But in actual fact these days are seeing internet exploring by pensioners increasing steadily.

Although the traditional cliche of pensioner's relationships with technology is the image of a grey haired granny pointing the television remote at a toaster and wondering why it won't play Radio 4, but now that's all changing. In reality old people aren't as technophobic as common stereotypes might lead you to believe and online services are becoming ever clearer for easy understanding and usage so that broadband phone & digital TV options are in fact being increasingly explored by pensioners.

It is the marvellous communicating capacity of the web that is starting to appeal to older generations, although they might be less into watching videos of cats sailing in novelty boats, they are however more keen on e-mails and services like Skype. Statistically older people will have more family to keep in touch with; a great majority of sixty pluses will be grandparents and some of them great-grandparents too. In our modern and seemingly shrinking world, this sprawling network of children and grandchildren are increasingly likely to be spread across the country, if not the globe and as time tumbles onwards, the strains and stresses of long journeys means that the elderly and infirm are less able to visit their ever expanding clan of offspring personally.

This fact makes the internet a valuable asset for the modern elderly person, enabling extremely cheap, instant communication with relatives and loved ones anywhere in the world and for unfortunate souls who might not be able to get out much this can be a valuable life line for them to enjoy.

In the past, it has been the children and grandchildren of the elderly that have been responsible for linking older generations to the internet. They are the ones who have often already got a working knowledge of internet technology and have been able to pass on this knowledge upwards to their relatives. It is this support from family that has been the real catalyst, not necessarily because older people wouldn't have been able to figure out computers by themselves, but because of the confidence they gain from the support of family.

The rate at which technology is evolving these days can be frightening to those who don't fully understand it, but with a little help from their families, increasing numbers of elderly people have been able to power up and log on to the world wide web and find new ways to keep in touch with their all-important loved ones.

For more information about helping your relatives find an internet provider to suit them you can find real broadband reviews on price comparison websites like broadbandchoices.co.uk where they have a wealth of information on subjects like reviews of Orange broadband services.

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