Baby boomers stake out claim in digital world

Baby boomers — and many of us arrived late to the online world— are getting savvier now about technology. Facebook, for example, reports that its biggest growth is among people older than 50. Visit any Apple store and you’ll see a preponderance of gray-haired shoppers because Apple’s tech stuff is easy to use. It has become a reality … if you want to keep up with the kids, the grandchildren, old friends, becoming more tech smart is a necessity.

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  1. I am 56, going on 57, and I came to technology as it showed up. I had my first IBM computer in the spring of 1985 when I was 26 before there was any Internet at all and nowhere near the software available as now. It was a clunky desktop and when laptops became available, I got one as soon as possible. I have used the Internet for as long as it has been available and even work online and got accredited degrees online. I got cable tv, cell phones, etc as they came out. I have banked, shopped, etc online for as long as it has been available and signed up for sites like Facebook and Twitter long ago. I was delighted my fellow boomers from elementary and high school are almost all on Facebook. Even my 87 year old father-in-law is. I remember feeling shocked reading an interview with Stevie Nicks years ago where she said she couldn’t use a computer and felt too old to learn. Technology has opened up the world and boomers can benefit from this. Even people who are homebound and sick can travel the world, bank, keep in touch with others, shop, and more online.

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