Have you ever heard someone say they are too old to figure out how to use a computer? As a 22 year old, I find it hard to imagine life without a computer, since I’ve always had one in the house since about 3rd or 4th grade. I know we were one of the last families in the neighborhood to get one. My brother, sister and me were definitely brought up in a different age than my parents. While my mom became accepting to the computer, my dad says, “computers are the end of the word as we know it!” Asking my dad to find the power button on a computer is impossible, which is why I was flabbergasted to learn that my 15 year old brother taught him how to text.
While my dad is more than a decade and a half away from becoming a senior citizen, a new survey recently showed that seniors enjoy using the internet, and some of their favorite sites include Facebook and YouTube. Nielsen estimates that today nearly 17.5 million seniors are active on the Internet, which is up from 2004, when it was estimated only 11.3 million seniors used the internet. (more…)