According to their survey, (see full story here) grandparents are the fastest growing group of people embracing fast broadband and smart devices, principally to stay connected with family members and friends.

Of course, nbn has a strong vested interest in spruiking rising demand for high speed broadband… but I don’t question the findings.  They don’t seem terribly surprising – the key words here are ‘fastest growing’.  The numbers of people in older age groups are coming from a much lower base than some younger age groups where internet use is pretty much universal.

While the figures from nbn’s sample sound promising, they also suggest that there are still many older Australians not using computers and smart devices for anything other than email.  And while email is a great thing, in the context of the dizzying plethora of technology and applications available today, just to communicate, email is a bit like underwear.

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