Older Swedes like the'net, Brits do not

According to a recent study conducted at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, the elderly population is embracing the web.

That means more people in senior housing or who choose retirement living may even be setting up their own Facebook profiles.

Those aged 65 to 79 years increased their internet involvement, from 29 percent of seniors going online in 2007 to 39 percent in 2008, prefering to read news stories, use search-engines and check email, the study revealed.

In contrast, a UK survey completed by OfCom found that older, retired citizens didn't really feel the need to get online.

Out of the group, 61 percent have never used a computer and a further 43 percent wouldn't take steps to be registered online even if they were given a free computer and connection equipment.

Some older Brits also communicated that the internet was more a young person's tool than something geared towards the elderly and it was best reserved for the youth, OfCom revealed.

The regulator determined this may have been the case as older people often have hearing, vision or mobility problems and they feel computer use does not allow for such issues.

Older Swedes like the 'net, Brits do not

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