Myfriends Online Week- what do you love about the internet?

March 19, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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This week Age UK are hosting Myfriends online week (19th -25th March 2012) an annual initiative that encourages older people to see the benefits of using the internet particularly focusing on how the internet can keep you socially active.

During this week Age UK will be holding Myfriends online week events across the country, helping people who don’t use the internet to take their first step in doing so and explaining the countless benefits that the internet has to offer.

To kick start Myfriends online week Age UK took to social media platform Twitter this morning, asking people why they love the internet and they have received all different sorts of answers. Some people love the internet because it’s so convenient, other like that they can shop online but most people love how they are able to keep in touch with friends and family via the web.

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Age UK's Myfriends online week 19th-25th March 2012

I love the internet because it is so multi-functional. I use the internet in both my professional and personal life and it has become hugely important. Not only is information available at the touch of a button but so are my customers and friends and family.

Over time I’ve learnt how to use all different sorts of online platforms to keep in touch with people and I’ve benefited hugely. Like most people in business I e-mail constantly and have found Facebook to be a great area for both personal and business purposes. However, I’m most fond of using Skype’s video calling service as it completely free and a great way to see my family and friends who are dotted across the globe.

I really couldn’t recommend social platforms as Facebook, Twitter, E-Mail and Skype highly enough as they truly do enable people to become more sociable and are all free and easy to use once you know how- check out a local Myfriend online event for extra help!

But my online guilty pleasure has to BBC iPlayer which stores television programmes shown across all BBC channels and allows internet users to watch whenever they like. It’s perfect if you forget to tune into your favourite programme or forgot to press record.

Take a step and go online!

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Is modern technology making young people as lonely as elderly?

August 15, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Today I’ve read about a study conducted by Yours magazine, which claims that due to modern technology youngsters feel just as lonely as elderly people.

The startling study, which surveyed people aged between 18 and 80, found that ‘more than a third of people spend more time chatting online than going out with friends’, and although the average youngster has 243 Facebook friends having a genuine friendship offline proves difficult.

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Are teens spending too much time online?

I personally think that getting online is hugely important especially for elderly people. However the impact of technology on society has given others a different perspective. Actress Lynda Bellingham commented that ‘technology is forcing people to live in their own little isolated bubbles’ in relation to the study.

Of course too much time online can be destructive but it’s important to remember that moderation is crucial. Using social networking, browsing the internet and becoming savvy with modern technologies can be incredibly valuable throughout life.

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Go online and spend time together.

It’s incredibly sad to read that young people aren’t socialising with their friends, instead opting to go online. Much like we encourage the elderly to get out and enjoy social clubs, meals outs and tea and biscuit sessions. It’s important to give youngsters a nudge in the right direct to find socially fulfilling activities and avoid loneliness.

I’m sure that many people will agree that these statistics reflect society. So why not get a grandchild to use of their time spent online- give grandma or granddad a quick computer lesson or alternatively Skype with grandchildren of an evening to see how their day went. These are great ways to spend time together and get something positive from the modern technology.

Helpful online guides from Age UK’s myfriends online week

March 24, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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 Age UK Myfriends Online Week easy to use guide

Yesterday I blogged about Age UK’s ‘myfriends online week’, a campaign which wants to help elderly people discover the social side of the internet with the help of their relatives and close friends.

In ‘We’re supporting Age UK’s myfriends online week’ I spoke about how online resources such as Skype can be extremely beneficial to users who maybe communicating with friends and family abroad and attached an easy to use guide.

Focusing my thoughts on the benefits of Skype I found myself thinking about how other online networks can really impact the lives of elderly people who are new to the web.

Age UK have published easy to use guides on websites that they believe will encourage elderly people to become more sociable online. The guides are really easy to follow, have brilliant links and helpful step by step instructions- perfect!

Age UK My friends online week

Elderly people enjoying a conversation via Skype

Age UK’s online guides include ‘How to…’ Facebook, Twitter, Email, Skype and get online in a more general sense, which means that there is plenty of help on hand if you get stuck anywhere along the way.

I’m really impressed with the website choices that Age UK have made. As everyone has a Facebook account these days I think that encouraging elderly people to get a profile is wonderful. It makes sharing photos, events and general day to day happenings with family and friends so easy. An elderly person who is connected to their family via simply having a Facebook profile can feel so much involved!

Twitter is a great choice for anyone as it is so simple to use.  You can follow anyone and everyone from friends, to favourite celebrities and even companies and brands which you like. It’s perfect for getting quick snippets of information and has been famously used by elderly people in the past to document their lives.

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The late Ivy bean- one of the world oldest Twitters users

The late Ivy Bean was 104 when she died, Ivy used to tweet from her nursing home, talking about her life in general from her health to what she was having for dinner. Ivy found the online networking site a great way of making new friends and staying engaged with the world outside of her care home. So social networking really can make a difference and be beneficial to elderly people who are getting online.

I find it really encouraging to see Age UK willing people on, getting people to local events and persuading families to help. Hopefully so much support will allow more elderly people to discover the social side of the internet.

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