Making the Most of the Internet
People over the age of 50 now spend more time on the
internet than young people do, according to researchers. In a way, this is not
surprising because those over-50s who have retired have more
time to spend 'surfing the net'. However, it is interesting to see
that computers and the internet are no longer the preserve
of the young: neither should they be!
This Guide is not for those of you who are already familiar
with, and experts in, the use of the internet. It's for those
people who perhaps have more time now in which to use and take
advantage of it but who are still finding their way around and
those of you who are thinking about discovering the world of the
internet but have not yet taken the plunge.
It's not a technical Guide (technical issues and problems are
best resolved by technicians, not writers!); rather, it's a
vehicle that will introduce you to the possibilities of the
internet. Neither is it intended to be a comprehensive Guide; it
would be impossible to be comprehensive because everyone's needs
are different so the permutations are endless.
What it does set
out to do, however, is to suggest some basic uses that might be
useful for you. Once you have investigated these basics you
should then be familiar enough with the internet to do your own
exploration of it so you can use it effectively for your own specific needs.
The internet is a tool that is for us to use to do jobs for
us or to give us some pleasure. Like any other tool, we have to
learn to use it effectively. Once you have done so, you'll
wonder how you ever did without it.