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article imageSilver surfers beat the young as Web wizards

By RobotGod     Aug 23, 2007 in Internet
Retired people surfing the internet are spending more time online than their younger counterparts. "Silver surfers" dedicate an average of 42 hours a month to the World Wide Web, compared with 37.9 hours among 18 to 24-year-olds.
The Dailymail reports that the trend is being driven by a greater interest in hobbies, news and local issues among the elderly.
The over 65 crowd accounts for 9% of all time on the Internet in the UK.
The figures debunk the traditional image of pensioners as technophobes. While only 16% of over-65s said they had used the Internet at home in the 30-day period covered by the report, those that did use it stayed online for longer than any other age group.
They believe that the trend will continue for decades now that the over-50s account for a quarter of all UK Internet users. Across all generations, average daily Internet use in 2006 was 36 minutes. That is up 158% from 2002.
Another report, this one from The UK Communications Market shows that the Internet seems to be growing in popularity with women as well. Out of time spent online by those in the 25 to 49 age bracket, more than half of those are women. Shopping and parenting sites proved particularly popular.
However, with the over-65s, 80 per cent of Internet surfing is done by men.
The report also indicated that children are getting away from computer games and DVDs. But they are not headed outdoors. The figures show a move toward using the Internet and using mobile phones and MP3 players more. Between 2005 and 2007 the number of kids playing video games had dropped by 10%.
Those watching DVDs and videos went down by about 20% in the same period, and so did the those who regularly listened to the radio. these trends were carried over in the adult population as well.
7% of ten-year-olds have their own web cam, a figure that rises to 15% for 13 to 15-year-olds.
The study shows how technology is affecting our lives and shaping us.
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