do not need that much persuasion to get online once they overcome
the fear of technology, or say a group of young people In.Tech
of them believe that the Internet offers senior citizens an
avenue to explore new places and a chance to communicate with
members of their family who live elsewhere.
also think that older folks must change their perception of
the Internet as being limited to teenagers and yuppies. Instead,
they should view it as another way of obtaining more information,
or as a substitute to newspapers, magazines or even the telephone.
is important is they look at the computer in the same way
they would at a car -- it would take them around so they can
do their thing,'' says Anne Hendricks, a purchasing officer
at a printing firm.
that the PC will stop looking like an alien device once older
people become comfortable with it.
must be willing to learn, but there must be someone just as
willing and patient to teach them too,'' Anne reasons.
Chan agrees that young adults are important in helping older
folk gain online access. ``We youngsters should encourage
them to join in when we surf, and show them the benefits of
the Net,'' says the business development manager.
that older folk shy away from learning because they are afraid
of the technology. They see it as something for the younger
generation and they just refuse to get involved, she adds.
need to break that barrier and see that the Net is open to
all, whether you're two-years-old or 90,'' she says.
Tan, a management trainee at a bank, also reiterates that
young adults should take the pains to show their older kinfolk
how user-friendly the PC can be.
all, it's just a matter of pointing and clicking,'' she says.
own fun Young adults often see older folks watching their
days go by, just waiting for the next wedding, birthday or
funeral. Yvonne says that when she was studying overseas,
she'd see many old folks hanging around in malls and the casino
because they had nothing else to do.
Melisa says she has tried to persuade her parents to get online,
to no avail. She blames inertia for their lack of interest.
is luckier as her father, Patrick Tan, learned how to use
a PC when he opted to retire in 1996 (see first story). She
was delighted that her father took to surfing naturally once
he got comfortable using the PC.
proud of him, especially because I know many people his age
have an unfounded fear of computers,'' she says.
she says she's become closer to her father since he went online.
been away from home since I was young, and the only way we
kept in touch was through the telephone. Since chatting on
the Net is much less expensive, we can now communicate as
often as we please,'' she says.
on the other hand, is planning to set up a PC at home for
her father who recently retired.
father is not the sort who will sit around and watch sunsets
day after day. He must be up and about. Since he enjoys reading
and watching television, I thought that getting him online
would be great -- at least he can talk to my eldest sister
and her children in Australia everyday,'' she says.