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Broadband and Tech Use Up Among Seniors

More Seniors Are Taking the Plunge Into Tech

I may have a game-loving gramps, but he doesn't really venture into the Internet without a little assistance. I'll cut him a break since he's in his eighties, but a recent study shows that more and more seniors are taking the plunge into Facebook, blogs, and tech in general than ever before. Stats show that the senior population (age 65 and over) that uses the Internet has tripled since 2005.

Back in the day, it used to be nearly impossible for the older set to get a handle on tech, but it seems that as times progress and technology is a little easier to grasp, senior citizens aren't afraid to jump in and get their feet wet online. Even if your dad still needs help with his WiFi, you can give him props for at least having an email address. Do the seniors in your life use technology? Share your hilarious family stories with us in our Funny Tech Stories group, or brag about how quickly they got the hang of Twitter below!

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cheekyredhead cheekyredhead 6 years
I am no spring chicken and I bloomed into the Net late in life....and realize that YES this article could be seen as demeaning or seen as ageism. Although I am still meandering around trying to figure it all out, I am facinated by learning new things by using this techological marvel. I discovered I have a "wall" here that people have been posting cool stuff for me to see...but since the revamp of sugar I thought it had been done away with. Pretty cool to wander over and find all those nice thoughts had been sent my way. I just wish I had discovered it sooner.
kscincotta kscincotta 6 years
My parents, aunts and uncles are all 45-65 years old and all online. Seeings as computers have been around for the last twenty years, I'd be stunned if they couldn't at least email. Considering someone over 60 as "too old for the internet" is stupid. But that being said, I remain beyond impressed that my 90 year old grandmother plays online Fantasy Football and has her own Facebook page that she actually uses. And she emails me and/or chats with me online all the time.
cheekyredhead cheekyredhead 6 years
Since my Dad retired he become my largest source of spam. Every year I have a big halloween party and this year the theme was "Mystery Men" and everyone had to come up with an original superhero or super villain with unique super-powers. I made my Dad's costume out of individual single servings of SPAM, duct taped together to make a hat and chest plate. He was Sir Spam-A-Lot.
bethinabox bethinabox 6 years
Both of my grandmothers own computers. Annoyingly my dad's mom uses hers to send ridiculous e-mail forwards about Jesus and God... on average 3+ every day. My other grandmother has a hand-me-down computer from my dad, which happens to be a very nice computer. She loves getting e-mails with pictures from all of my aunts and uncles. Neither of them is particularly tech-savvy, but they know their way around the internet well enough. Oh, and they're in their 70s I believe. I know my mom's mom is turning 80 next year... I think my dad's mom is either almost 70 or just turned 70... I don't know.
cheekyredhead cheekyredhead 6 years
You are a brave woman. It is far easier to let them use the internet. I guess I am a internet whimp.
MissSushi MissSushi 6 years
lol, cheeky. I plan on making my kids go to the library for most of their reports and projects. Its just too much instant gratification to look online for schoolwork, plus its easy to copy text.
cheekyredhead cheekyredhead 6 years
GoingLikeSixty.......That is SO cool! Not everyone has the tremendous experience you have. I am jealous. My kids have grown up with the Net...and they have NO idea what it is like to actually have to go to a library, look up something in a card file, and then go find it. Good grief...then they have to read the whole thing to find the information they need. They tell me I must have grew up in the dark ages.....with the Net they don't have to do anything but google. We introduced my Grandpa to a video cam before he died...and he said it was a "miracle" to see all of us all over the country at the same time. Technology IS very cool.
GoingLikeSixty GoingLikeSixty 6 years
I won't bore you with how ageist this post is. I'm 61. The difference between someone my age and someone who is 80 is HUGE. It's like comparing a 14 year old to a 35 year old's life experiences. I've been using computers since a TRS80 and Compuserve. Currently have three blogs, write freelance for a couple big traffic websites, have multiple Twitter accounts (one each for the blogs) and Facebook too. The Microsoft "official futurist" is at least 60. http://goinglikesixty.com/2009/02/wanna-take-a-guess-at-how-old-microsofts-futurist-is/
cheekyredhead cheekyredhead 6 years
When my mother got her first internet connection my brother thought it would be a hoot to sign her into some chatroom about "alternative lifestyles" .... let's just say he got coal for Christmas that year.
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