30 Jul Diffusing the Digital Divide for Older Generations
Older adults over 65 years of age often consider themselves to be technophobes or Luddites when it comes to getting online and using the Internet. (Unless you’re someone who actively destroys machinery you feel is a threat to your job, then you are most definitely not a Luddite!) If you’re not sure how to use your smartphone in-full, or afraid opening one wrong email will install a virus on your computer, know you’re not alone. But, this fear is keeping you disconnected from the digital age.
You’ve lived a long life taking care of those around you. Now you deserve to participate in your virtual village to see how everyone’s thriving, rather than hiding behind the fear of breaking the device you’re using.
How the Internet can improve your day-to-day
The Internet can be viewed as having a negative impact on society, especially as the media portrays younger generations taking advantage of it. However, adults over the age of 65 are also heavy technology adopters according to a May 2018 report published by the Pew Research Center, they just happen to be adopting the technology in a substantially different way.
Rather than watching YouTube parodies on repeat, your generation can reap many benefits to improve your life:
- You’ll be able to watch your favorite shows on your own time. This will allow you to spend more time pursuing daily hobbies and getting outside to enjoy the sunshine.
- It will be easier to access continuing education classes. For example, did you know the public library, local universities, and even AARP offers free online educational programs to adults?!
- With a faster Internet connection, you’ll be able to have more video calls with your family, so you no longer have to rely on static photos to keep in touch. A participant in one of AARP’s technical workshops “was practically in tears that she can now watch her grandkids grow up” after learning how to text and use FaceTime.
Learn the tech to keep scammers away
Today’s headlines promote the threat of online security – or lack thereof – which feel menacing. Security breaches and scams can occur, which is why it’s even more important to understand the technology so you can keep your personal information safe. Fortunately, there are many resources to protect yourself, including anti-virus software and subscribing to “watchdog alerts” to keep you notified of potential threats and how to stay away from them.
Why fiber Internet is better than broadband
Overall, it’s OK to feel satisfied with your current Internet connection – because it’s easy and works most of the time. Plus, trying to call and switch service providers can feel overwhelming, especially if you’re not sure what you’re asking for precisely.
Here’s where the Phynx Fiber local customer service team wants to step in and help you!
We want to help get you faster Internet so you can talk to your grandchildren over FaceTime or Skype, research health care coverage online to make smarter buying decisions, or watch a how-to video to learn a new landscaping technique to help your garden grow.
Our team also takes into consideration limited income. It’s a misconception to think of switching to fiber Internet will increase your monthly expenses when, in fact, our customers either find the cost is comparable or see a decrease after switching to Phynx Fiber!
Let’s chat to see if Phynx Fiber is right for you
If you’re not sure whether or not you want to switch your Internet to Phynx Fiber, please give us a call so we can have a conversation! You can reach our customer service team at 573-975-1112 on Monday-Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to speak to someone personally (not a robot who will redirect your call).