A survey of 500 surfers by Pipex (Tiscali) has revealed that people over the age of 60 tended to use the Internet for e-mail or searching and very little else, with just 7% having downloaded music compared with 84 per cent of 16-20 year olds:
When asked what they would like to be able to do online that they could not do already, nearly 60 per cent of 16-20 year olds wanted the ability to order a takeaway online. By contrast, over 70 per cent of over 60s wanted to be able to make appointments with their doctor, hospital or dentist online.
The uptake of IPTV remains relatively slow across the board, with just 13 per cent of respondents currently using their broadband connection to watch TV.
“The survey highlighted how broadband has become an integral part of everyday life – be it keeping in touch with family and friends via the more traditional forms of online communication or through social networking sites. We are committed to giving our customers the necessary tools and capabilities to experiment with new developments on the web, staying at the forefront of technology,” said Dominic Crolla, managing director at Pipex Internet.
The survey of over 500 broadband users was carried out by independent market research company, Pure Profile, and included customers of AOL, BT, Orange, Pipex, Sky, TalkTalk, Tiscali and Virgin.
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