Seniors embracing the Net
Over the past two to three years, older users have experienced one of the highest rates of increase in computer ownership and Internet usage, according to CyberPsychology & Behaviour, a journal published in the U.S. by Mary Ann Liebert Inc. Although older users still lag behind the younger generation in some areas, they have made remarkable strides in embracing the new technology.
Some studies now show that there is very little difference among age groups in use of e-mail, the most-utilized component of the Net. Older users (those over 75 years of age) are as likely to chat online as younger people (those under 25 years of age).
“The trend toward increasing usage of the Internet by the elderly will continue and accelerate as the baby boom generation matures,” says Mark D. Wiederhold, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.P. and the journal’s Editor in Chief. “What’s so exciting about this development is the enormous potential that technology has to transform and enrich the lives of the elderly.”