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Introduction Think about Seniors in Cyberspacewhat comes into your mind Perhaps the words yeah right If so you are not alone Many people including the elderly themselves believe that seniors are technophobics defined as those who cant even program their VCRs much less use a computer or even begin to understand how to navigate the World Wide WebHowever times are changing More and more elderly people are using the Internet In fact they are the fastest growing Internet user group Sorenson 1997 There are many different reasons for the rapid expansion of this group as I will discuss later in this paper But one that seemed to be extremely prevalent was to keep in touch with their grandchildren and to learn the same things their grandchildren were learning about in regard to computers and the InternetComputer companies are beginning to realize that the elderly population is a growing market However the elderly themselves realized they needed more help learning and understanding the Internet long before the computer companies did and they have created hundreds of sites to aide in that process some of which I will discuss laterI will also turn my attention to the possible health and social benefits the Internet can provide for the elderly There is very little study done on this subject but the ones that have beencompleted are hopeful that keeping the mind active through Internet usage will provide some long term effects Facts and Figures A survey done by SeniorNet a national nonprofit organization finds that overall computer ownership among adults aged 55 to 75 is 30 In July of 1994 the percentage was 21 This means that there has been a dramatic increase of 43 in just 16 months SeniorNet also estimates that computer use among the
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