This surprised me though.
61 per cent of New Zealanders over the age of 65 used the internet last year.
That's a truckload of people missing out on all the wonderful communication, knowledge and entertainment available through the web. Close to a quarter million.
39 percent non-users is higher than I would have thought. An elderly friend of mine recently lost her cat. I thought she would replace it but she feels she is just too old and it would outlive her. Last time I saw her though she was utterly animated and over the sadness. Her son had bought her a tablet and she was buzzing with everything she could do with it. I don't think elderly people actually understand that they can access a wealth of nostalgic material they never thought they'd enjoy again. All they see is the negative aspects of social media, and it's too easy to carp on about people losing communication skills etc.
They don't know what they are missing.