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318 hits Rate me! Share Favorite | Flag 12 years ago by falconwing

Are the elderly/poor disadvantaged by today`s usage of the Internet?

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12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Wednesday 7/18/07 - 11:52:46 AM EST (GMT-5)
The internet is more of a luxury than a necessity. Besides, you can always go to your local library if you need to get on the internet that badly.
12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Wednesday 7/18/07 - 9:02:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
um. no. I don't see how.
12 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Wednesday 7/18/07 - 9:03:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
the old are disadvantaged by their age, and the poor are just plain disadvantaged. No internet talk neccessary.
12 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Monday 12/3/07 - 10:33:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
the poor and elderly are disadvantaged by money- they cant afford it
12 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 5/10/08 - 6:47:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
There are public libraries and relatively cheap internet cafes. There are computer classes for the elderly at senior centers. I think the internet can be an advantage to them in some cases. It can help hook them up with jobs, classes, health info etc. The internet belongs to everyone.
12 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 5/10/08 - 6:59:42 PM EST (GMT-5)
Obviously, yes. Regular internet access isn't quite essential; but it's obviously extremely helpful in a variety of ways (e.g. looking for a job, buying/selling a car, background checks, ordering merchandise, etc.).

Many poor people either can't afford it or don't have access to it; and elderly people have a much harder time figuring out how to use it.
12 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 5/10/08 - 7:21:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
Many older people (such as my mother) are very intimidated by computers and the internet.

Remember, when my mother was young, television hadn't even been invented.

I've given my mother an old computer, and she has internet access, but she only uses it to order books from the library (I bookmarked the library site for her). I haven't even been able to teach her to use e-mail.
12 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 5/10/08 - 7:36:31 PM EST (GMT-5)
I understand what you're saying about older people and computers- my dad can take apart and put back together just about any appliance but he still has trouble finding files he's saved. Maybe its like languages for some people, the older you get the harder it is to master a different skill set.
12 yrs ago - Sunday 6/22/08 - 8:04:35 PM EST (GMT-5)
thay can learn. or does that part of their brain stop functioning after 35?

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