To mark the eighth annual Silver Surfers’ Day in the UK, The Times published the list I’ve summarized here:
1. The internet makes tricky, or mobility-dependent tasks simpler
2. When you finally have time and head-space to follow your nose, the internet is curiosity’s best friend.
3. It is available 24/7
4. The internet helps make and maintain vital relationships – This has benefits for young and old alike, and helps make society a safer, more cohesive place – simply because age-groups that often “miss” each other, start to appreciate each other.
5. The internet saves you money
6. The internet levels the “disability/age” playing-field
7. It is “personal” – no one else creates your communication world but you.
8. Introduced correctly, learners “cross a fear-barrier”
9. Brings health benefits, for example “self-health” websites, but improved contact can also ease depression/isolation.
10. Enhances sense of individuals’ personal value within an organisation (whether through finding “civic voice” in local government or becoming active on a residents’ committee or neighbourhood watch).