More and more pensioners are using the internet, at least according to retirement housing developer McCarthy and Stone.
Amongst 600 older people they studied, half own tablets of the computer kind, rather than those given out by their doctor. Three quarters had a laptop or a desktop computer. 47% of the study group had a Smart Phone.
These ownership figures are very high compared the UK elderly population as a whole, which no doubt reflects the fact that people who buy McCarthy and Stone homes have downsized to buy a new home and probably have more disposable income.
So, although it is not representative of all older people, this small survey is an indication of how retirement housing and the internet can open up a new life. Talking to friends with a live video link on Skype for free; watching the world go by on YouTube video as an escape from daytime TV; chatting to family / friends and sharing photos on Facebook.
It can be a more connected world out there if you switch on.
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