How the older generation are becoming more tech savvy

It seems that technology is no longer something that the older generation aren’t interested in.

In fact, more and more elderly people are embracing new innovations and realising the extensive benefits that technological advances afford in their day-to-day lives.

It wasn’t that long ago that elderly people hadn’t even heard of the internet, let alone understood what it did or how they could start using it. Fast forward to today and internet connections are standard features in the homes of many elderly people around the world.

However, there are of course those less tech savvy grandparents that haven’t yet got the internet in their homes. If you want to fill them in on the benefits, a great starting point is to compare broadband packages to see which ones offer the best in terms of service and price.

Having an internet connection is no longer the apogee of an elderly person’s technological remit. To prove our point, here are five ways in which older people are embracing technology:

Online dating

Believe it or not, online dating is one way that grandparents are taking advantage of their internet connections. After all, many elderly people can find themselves lonely in the later years due to bereavement. Online dating provides them with a new lease of life and the chance to find love once again. Internet dating also allows elderly people to chat with potential companions from the comfort of their own homes.

Audio books

The older generation will remember audio cassettes that allowed them to listen to their favourite books being read aloud by a narrator. Nowadays those old cassettes have been replaced by audio books which can be enjoyed on a variety of devices such as laptops, smartphones and MP3 players. Audio books are particularly appealing to elderly people as they don’t require young eyes!

Online shopping

With mobility often being an issue for elderly people, online shopping has introduced a way for them to make purchases from their armchair and then take delivery at their front door a few days later. This eliminates any travelling and can also be conducted with total peace of mind. Buying gifts for grandchildren has never been so easy! They can even be delivered direct to the child’s house, which adds extra excitement to the occasion.

Social media

With more and more teenagers using social media, sites such as Facebook have become a great way for grandparents to interact with their grandchildren. No longer do grandparents need to wait to hear from their families. They can simply log on and get themselves up to date with everything that’s going on. Social media is also a great way to view recent photos and new additions to the family, especially when grandchildren live overseas or in a different part of the country.

VOIP services

With services like Skype so readily available, more and more elderly people have found a quick and easy way to stay in contact with their families. High quality webcams also make for a more personal chat and are a great way to see how grandchildren are growing. Gone are the days of letter writing, which means that online chat services are fast becoming the primary communication method for many older people.

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17th Mar 2015
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I find it great that Technology has touched people's lives so widely in this day and age. It's especially nice that it is possible for those for whom this technology did not exist when they grew up to become adept at using it.

It used to be so complicated, but it seems as though computers have been simplified.
Skype is so easy to use, and now searching the internet is simple as well. I use Openoox ( as my homepage on the internet, because it keeps Google, but also keeps my favourite websites safe, and in front of me, so I don't forget about them.

I also set up my email account on Thunderbird so I can access my emails from my computer desktop.

17th Nov 2014
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Hullo, I've just signed up with this site and would like to know if you can give some advice on getting an iPad. I'm confused by the range in prices and what difference this makes. I want something more portable than my laptop, which is quite heavy. I am learning Chinese so need to add a language app.
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Hello and welcome. Our friends at Which? have produced a free guide which may help you. Click the following link to find out more: Hope you are enjoying learning Chinese 🙂
29th Jun 2014
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So pleased I have found such an interesting site, I love technology, so much to enjoy that wasn't available to my parents, my sons are in their fifties and are sadly disinterested, however, it would be more beneficial
to them than it is to me.

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