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Stereotypically, the average over-50 goes into a panic when dealing with the multitude of gadgets that are used in everyday modern living. Things that are taken for granted by today’s youth, such as MP3 players, Tablet PCs and smart phones, are ostensibly the bane of the older person’s life. The reality is, though, that there’s no longer such a generational void when it comes to understanding how various electrical items work.
Many aspects of technology have become an essential part of day-to-day living, and this has been of tremendous benefit to the over-50s. Take mobile phones, for example. Most older people have one, for security reasons: should they break down on a motorway, or suffer a power cut, etc. These days a mobile phone is essentially a pocket computer, meaning that in recent years, older generations have inadvertently received bite-size tutorials in becoming tech-savvy.
Of course, the internet has been the key equaliser. The vast benefits of being online have proved irresistible, even for the most technophobic of older people. Being able to chat with relatives across the other side of the world via email, for free, is a highly liberating thing for an older person, as is being able to shop online for bargains, and have items delivered straight to the door, when mobility isn’t perhaps what it used to be. The lure of something so desirable has forced older people to get to grips with the world of tech.