Silversurfers and the world of technology

We’re all surrounded by technology, but let’s be honest, most of us only scratch the surface in terms of what we use technology for. Still, the days of using your phone just to make a phone call seem like a distant memory … and how many of you still long for a nice little button to click when you type rather than a touch screen?

The Silversurfers team were keen to understand exactly how good you are at using technology so we ran one of our Barometer surveys and were surprised by some of the things you told us!

Cool and confident

Well, you’ve got the hang of this technology thing, that’s for sure! Almost half of you (45%) said that your internet and tech skills were excellent or good and another 45% said your skills were “Okay”. But, you also think you could still do better with all of you saying you’d like to learn more, be it how to use your laptop better or how to understand more about social media. You’re also quite happy to do online training (80%) or use video guides (57%). 

But you have missed a trick! When we asked you which type of handheld devices you use, Apple devices (iPhone and iPad 68% collectively) won hands down, although a lot of you (37%) use Android smartphones. When we asked you about which laptop/computer you use 52% said Windows PC and 48% said Windows Laptop. This would indicate that many of you use Apple handheld and Windows computers. If you had all your devices used the same operating system you would be able to communicate and share information/photos an so on very easily between them. The other main benefit is that you would just learn one way of doing things which would save you time and get you up an running more quickly when you upgrade your devices.

You’re nobody’s fool

We were also pleased to see that 58% of you wanted to know more about staying safe and secure online. With so many scams on the internet and via email now, we think this is really sensible.  We have a few articles already about this on like these features on Online Safety and Staying secure on public wifi plus we’ll be researching and publishing more on this too to help our community

You love Facebook!

Social media has helped to transform many people’s lives, giving them a way to communicate with friends, family and other like-minded people. We were not surprised to see that 81% of you use Facebook every day.

But let’s also remember that you use technology for Email and messaging, social media, shopping and browsing closely followed by banking.

Technology is part of your lives

It seems clear from our Barometer survey that you are all using technology to enhance your day to day lives. It’s a way for you to stay in touch with your friends, organise your social lives and manage your shopping and finances, giving you more time to spend with your families or enjoying yourselves. But, if more of you standardised on one operating system (be it Apple or Windows), you would benefit considerably in terms of your time in learning new functionality and be able to share your information very easily across all your devices.

A big thank you to everyone that took part. We really do appreciate the time you spend time helping us to understand you better. And we will definitely research and publish more information about using technology and avoiding scams to help you stay safe and secure.

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Roof Top Crow
1st Oct 2016
Thanks for voting!
You obviously know how to put together the apps you need for your work and personal interests. I have taken the soft option ( no pun intended) and accept that I am a prisoner of Microsoft.
Windows 10 has given me some grief and the outside world is starting to look attractive, but then Adam was tempted by an apple and look what happened to him.
Artificial Intelligence is already affecting how we live and work and to judge by the investment the major IT companies and world governments are investing in AI we will see a lot of changes over the next few years.
With this in mind, you might find an article published on Facebook on 24th June by the CEO of

The title of the article.
A brief introduction to artificial intelligence... for normal people

Social Media management and marketing.
The most popular tool is . I have been using it for a while and after some initial hesitation, I have found it easy to use.

12th Sep 2016
Thanks for voting!
The only problem with standardising on one platform is the cost. Whether you go Apple or Windows, one pice or another gets costly. With a long term dislike for Windows, I have made a point of finding the apps which let me "cross over". I use an Android phone, iPad tablet and, at home, multiple Linux systems. Work is, as you might expect, is many version of Windows (I run IT). As a sometime blogger and photographer I require that any app on one device will synchronise with any of the others. With careful selection it generally works.
I anyone is interested, contact me.

As a Silversurfer IT person I am getting into the world of websites, blogging and web marketing. That of course is more about networking and marketing than tech IT. I'd also be interested in being in contact with others with similar interests.

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