Elderly people often make security mistakes on the Internet. Here are the 5 most common Internet security mistakes done by elderly people, as well as some tips to avoid them.
On the 1st of October, 2015, Eurostat published the 2014 demographic indicators for the elderly who live in the European Union.
The use of the Internet by elderly people was one of the criteria Eurostat was interested in. European seniors still do not use the Internet as much as the rest of the population; however, Eurostat noted that northern European countries accounted for the largest number of “Silver Surfers”.
Elderly people do use Internet services.
This new generation of elderly people, the Silver Surfers, firstly started using the Internet to communicate and stay in touch with their friends and families. The 2.0 web gradually became an open door to any other type of services. Whether they are accessing their bank account, shopping, Skyping or talking on any other social media, the Boomers tend to use Internet more and more often.
Facebook is the most popular social network on the planet. On Monday, 24th, one billion active users were accounted for on the website. Facebook’s creator Mark Zuckerberg wrote that “On Monday, 1 in 7 people on Earth used Facebook to connect with their friends and family”.
In June, 2015, about 1.49 billion people in the world were registered on Facebook; 65% of them use the network daily.
Is you website user-friendly? Scotty Allen and Richard Littauer both come from America and have launched the service “The User is my Mom“.
Some websites may indeed seem easy to use for web professionals and experienced Internet users, but it may not be the case for beginners, among whom many are over 50. Therefore, Allen suggests to professionals and developers to have their website reviewed by his mother. [Read more…] about Is your website Granny approved?
While the youngest now prefer networks like Snapchat to Facebook, the proportion of Facebook users over 55 years old has reached 15,6% with their specific uses of social networks.
Seniors are getting more connected: still, a 2014 study from Doro revealed a large portion of them wished to be assisted to use the Internet and new technologies. Aeticom took an interest into the different ways seniors use the Internet. Here follows a summary of their 2014 study called “The use of the Internet by people over 60 years old”.
“Silver surfers” who use the Internet on a regular basis have better health practices according to recent research from University College London.
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In June 2014, the British television station Channel 4 news has made a coverage of topics about sexuality and the elderly at the age of the Internet. The taboo that surrounds elder people’s sexuality remains strong. Contrary to popular belief, sexuality isn’t limited to youth, which is what Channel 4 news wished to prove by investigating sexuality and sexual practices for the elderly in Great Britain. [Read more…] about Older people and sex in the Internet age
According to the results of a study published on “The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences“ spending time on the Internet helps prevent depression among retirees, especially those who live alone.
In the article “Internet Use and Depression Among Retired Older Adults in the United States: A Longitudinal Analysis”, the authors explains that Internet use reduces by 33% the risk of falling into depression . [Read more…] about Internet use reduces elderly depression rates by 30%