Two reports marking the 'Silver Surfers Day' have outlined the prevelance of internet use amongst the over-55s. Even though only 35% of people in this age group are using the...

Two reports marking the ‘Silver Surfers Day' have outlined the prevelance of internet use amongst the over-55s. Even though only 35% of people in this age group are using the net, reliance on the medium is also increasing, with over 50% of them claiming the net gives them a new lease of life.

Other findings from the report:

43% search for far-flung friends and family 22% play web games such as bingo 7% regularly visit online dating services and chat rooms Half of over-50s said life without the net was unimaginable.

"I love playing poker and bingo online with people all over the world. I find websites are a great way to meet new friends. My grandchildren call me ‘cybergran'!" said Bradford surfer, Elizabeth Sheridan, 73.

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