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Plusnet finds 63% of over-65s 'can't live without the internet'

Tuesday, April 23rd 2013 by Paul France
63% of over-65s say they can't live without the internet, Plusnet finds

A new study from Plusnet highlights the importance of internet access to older Brits.

Two-thirds of UK over-65s say they could not live without the internet, according to new research commissioned by Plusnet.

Highlighting the important role that broadband plays in the life of elderly Brits, the study discovered that three-quarters of people in this demographic believe going online helps them to stay feeling young and mentally agile.

Some 41 per cent of older consumers are users of Facebook, with almost one-third of them aged over 75.

However, while people aged 65 and over appear to be becoming more tech-savvy, research from Digital Unite suggests there is still some way to go before everyone in this age group is online.

Approximately 6.5 million people in the UK over the age of 55 have never accessed the internet, with 41 per cent of those who have not been online saying there is insufficient training available and that they do not understand how the web works.

Cost was cited as the main reason behind 37 per cent of these people choosing not to sign up.

Jamie Ford, chief executive of Plusnet, said: "It is really encouraging to see that so many over-65s are getting online and really making the most out of the internet." 

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