Silver Surfers to Take Over the World
Well, not quite yet. But there is no doubt that more and more older people are overcoming their resistance to technology. Research last year by Ofcom, the British media regulator (as reported in the Daily Mail showed that over-65s accounted for nine percent of all time spent online in the UK. They spend an average of 42 hours a month on the web compared with 37.9 hours among 18 to 24-year-olds.
I believe passionately that a computer (a Mac of course) provides a window on the world for older people and can be invaluable for those less able to get out of their home or those who live alone. A research study presented three years ago to the annual convention of the American Psychological Association showed that senior citizens who become familiar with using a computer have fewer depressive symptoms than those older adults who aren't so technologically connected.
To clinch it, using a computer is good for your sex life according to the Daily Mail again. It's got to be good.