Internet costs prove to be a barrier for seniors

According to new research out of Australia, the cost of internet can potentially create significant difficulties for seniors now and in later years. In her recent study “Older Australians and the Internet”, Dr. Sandra Haukka of Queensland University of Technology highlights the fact that more and more services – whether they are health, social or business related – are shifting to online formats. Many seniors are unable or unwilling to pay for internet access. Compounded with the fact that a large part of the senior population is unable to use the computer (or lacks interest in learning now), the future could hold some serious issues in terms of seniors accessing essential services.

Dr. Haukka’s study found that:

  • 53 per cent of participants had a moderate or above interest in the internet, while 46% put their interest as low or nil.
  • Two-thirds of respondents rated their internet skills as very low, and more than 40 per cent said cost was a barrier to using the internet.
  • One third said the internet would improve their daily life”.

This study also found that there is a continued interest among seniors to learn basic computer and internet skills. As Dr. Haukka says, "The internet should help people to live independently for longer, enabling them to learn, bank, shop, communicate and network from home”.

Studies, surveys and research continually point to the fact that though small, a growing number of seniors across the board want to learn how to use computers and the internet. Designed specifically for first-time, senior users, InTouchLink teaches these skills and more through a friendly, easy-to-follow system. With step-by-step guidance, customizable page sizes and many other features, this system is ideal for any new user. Accessible and affordable, InTouchLink is a great way to ensure that seniors can not only connect to loved ones, but as Dr. Haukka points to, access all of the information and services that are to be found online.

To read more about Dr. Haukka's study, click here