Statistics For Elderly And Internet
|Home||Elderly Abuse||Elderly Care||Elderly Health||Elderly Law||Death & Mourning||Retirement|
When it comes to internet usage and the older generation, it is quite a paradox. Statistics show that the number of elders using the internet in the US is growing by leaps and bounds, yet the elderly remain one of the lowest computer and internet users of all times.
Though more and more elders are discovering the joys of the internet and the advantages of using computers, a lot needs to be done to get the majority of older adults to also experience these benefits.
A common belief that does the rounds is that seniors are either afraid of, or are nonchalant to technological advancements, and hence they shy away from using computers and using the internet to make their lives simpler. This is not quite true, thanks to longer life expectancy, coupled with the fact that the elderly enjoy the same financial status and education as the younger lot. Others assert that since the aging process brings with it certain cognitive, mental and physical handicaps, older people are unable to familiarize themselves with the internet.
Suggestions are being thrown up these days to make the best use of technology to help elders overcome such problems, and in turn they would be more open to using computers and the internet.
Even though they may be slow starters, statistics reveal that once senior citizens are introduced to the computer and have learned the basics, they quickly turn into avid users, and their computer skills and internet usage is not very different that that of the younger generation.
More Articles :