Web usage highlights the generation gap

The number of silver surfers is on the increase, but most internet users over the age of 60 go online simply to check email.

Web usage highlights the generation gap

By contrast three-quarters of people under the age of 30 use their home broadband connection to regularly visit social sites such as Facebook and MySpace, according to a Pipex survey.

The survey found significant differences in what various age groups do online. Older web users are more likely to spend time checking emails and using search engines. Only 7% of the over 60s download music compared with 84% of 16-20 year olds.

And when asked what they would like to be able to do online, nearly 60% of 16-20 year olds wanted the ability to order a takeaway online, while more than 70% of over 60s wanted to be able to make appointments with their doctor, hospital or dentist.

“The survey highlighted how broadband has become an integral part of everyday life – be it keeping in touch with family and friends via the more traditional forms of online communication or through social networking sites,” says Dominic Crolla, managing director at Pipex Internet.

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