Do Baby Boomers Go Online?
by Christina Gregoire,
About half of the Baby Boomers in my immediate family are online all the time. Here's the breakdown of my familial Boomer micro-cohort:
- Tina (me), born in 1952: Extremely computer literate. Started using hotmail before Microsoft gobbled it up. Goes back to college every few years out of boredom, so has to keep up.
- David, born in 1953: Worked at U-Dub, back when the rudimenary "email" system was called PINE. Helped Tina set up her first home computer. As computer literate as Tina, but their literacy goes in different directions.
- Mike, born in 1956: Doesn't own a computer. Wouldn't know an IE icon from a Foxfire icon. Probably doesn't know what an icon is.
- Cherie, born in 1957: Can start a computer. Might be able to send emails. Knows how to bid on eBay. Definitely knows how to use Match.com. Might be able to use a search engine for simple searches.
How does your family compare? Watch quick video that explains how many older Americans are plugged in:
So, I guess there's hope for my brother Mikey. What does it take to get a guy in his 50s to go online? There are times when I want to email family or friends... and it's just weird when someone doesn't have a hotmail or a gmail address.
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