Discuss: Senior Citizen Internet Use

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Hi all,

This week's poll question is about a recently released report showing that one third of senior citizens in the United States never use the Internet. Discuss here if you think this number is coming down fast enough, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.

Thanks,
Justin


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#1
May 18, 2017 at 06:32:56
give it 10~20 years for 90%

the conservative baby boomers die off and will be replaced by knot-cutters

I mean it can't loop forever right?

EDIT: comming from a 21 year old

Simple solutions are often the best

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#2
May 18, 2017 at 11:57:28
Well, I am 73, wife 70, friends all between 60 and 75. All of them use the internet regularly. So, I am wondering what part of the country they are surveying. If you get out into the sparsely populated areas, folks may not have fast or even any, internet service.

I would guess that the 40 somethings may be in the same percentage, nation wide.


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#3
May 18, 2017 at 13:09:44
I'm in the UK so am not sure if my response applies. Similar to #2 above. I'm 80 (like OtheHill, I'm a regular on here) and my wife is 78 - we both use the internet. So do many of our friends.

I think some seniors do themselves a disservice when they bleat about us not getting too technical with them on here because they are over 60. I'm sure there are plenty who are computer illiterate but it is wrong to assume all or most of them are, although the media seem to make this assumption all the time.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#4
May 18, 2017 at 14:49:49
While not quite in the senior bracket yet (but getting there - 57), I can believe it easily. These folks didn't grow up with computers/internet at there every beck and call, so it's not a necessity for them. Aside from paying some bills more easily and keeping track of finances, it wouldn't be a complete catastrophe to lose it. As long as I have a radio and a phone, I'd be fine.

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#5
May 21, 2017 at 09:42:50
Personal computers are a great way to waste time.

I started programming in BASIC when I was in eighth grade,
the next year after John G. Kemeny created BASIC for his
students at Dartmouth University in 1966. I'm 64 now.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#6
May 22, 2017 at 14:39:17
I agree with OtheHill as far as internet service not being available to a lot of seniors. It's a Big country with a lot of rural areas. And like T-R-A said, a lot of seniors didn't grow up with computers and aren't interested in them either. I'm 68 and have been using computers and the internet since 1990. Out of all the people my age that I have contact with, most of them are computer literate to some degree and use it on a regular basis. As it becomes even more commonplace, I think a lot more seniors will use it. Hope everyone here is well.

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#7
March 17, 2018 at 04:28:03
I'm 66, and not very physically active. If there were no computers I'd have died of boredom by now. I have probably learnt more about the world and the solar system in 15 years of 'surfing' and it's far more interesting to be able to read what I want rather than be taught what I didn't need in school. Maths and English were my best lessons, the rest weren't required as far as I was concerned. I live over a hundred miles away from my daughters and grandchildren, so Skype saves us a fortune on telephone bills. While England is nowhere near the size of the U.S. most areas here are covered by broadband, and I'd say that the elderly here use it quite a lot.

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