Friday, September 24, 2010

UK - The elderly believe the Internet could have improved their lives

[cable] Elderly UK residents believe the internet could have improved their lives, according to a new study.

Older people in the UK recognise the benefits of home broadband access, a new study has revealed.

The poll carried out by ICM on behalf of elderly people's charity Age UK revealed that 35 per cent of over-65s believe their education would have been better if the internet had existed when they were younger.

One in three respondents in this age bracket also said they would have kept in touch more with their friends and family if they had been able to access the web.

Meanwhile, 27 per cent would be encouraged to use the internet if they were helped along the way by friends, family members or neighbours.

Miriam Margolyes, the Harry Potter and Blackadder actress who is also an ambassador for the charity, commented: "The internet is an essential resource that allows everyone to communicate, learn, save money and - most importantly - have fun."

Last month, the Office for National Statistics revealed that over-65s were among the people most likely to have never used the internet.

Over-65s aware of broadband benefits, study shows
see also Age UK - One third of lone pensioners online

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