Older women tend to find it a lot easier to enrol for a computer course in order to expand their knowledge than men of their age do, one sector commentator has claimed.
Helen Milner, managing director of UK online centers, said that ladies who are aged over 50 often joined a class with their friends, making the experience more of a social occasion which provides them with support from other people who are in the same position.
On the topic of why over-50s were keen to learn how to use the internet, Ms Milner said: "For older people, they are trying to kind of get to talk to children, grandchildren, using that as a means to communicate; so it tends to be about sort of family connection."
The University of California, Los Angeles published its latest research on the impact of the internet on the brain in October 2008, which revealed that web search activity may help stimulate and possibly improve cognitive function.
Contrary to reading a book, searching the web develops brain activity in the frontal, temporal and cingulate areas of the brain, which control decision-making and complex reasoning.
This enables seniors to keep their minds engaged and to help preserve brain health and cognitive ability.