Rise in ‘silver surfers’ as over-65s learn computer skills – Telegraph.co.uk

The proportion of “silver surfers” using the internet to keep in touch with family members has doubled in six years, figures show. 

Experts said middle-class pensioners were increasingly comfortable using the internet to speak to family and search for information online.

New ONS data shows that the proportion of over-75s who have used the internet recently has increased from 19.9 per cent in 2011 to 40.5 per cent in 2017. 

The proportion of younger pensioners who use the internet – those aged between 65 and 74 – has increased from 52 per cent in 2011 to 77.5 per cent in 2017. 

Dr Ellen Helsper, associate professor in media and communications at the London School of Economics, said that middle-class pensioners were increasingly likely to use the internet because they had learned to use it in their day-to-day work. 

“The influence of family and friends is also very important – if the people around us and the people close to us are using the internet then we are more likely to.

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