Older surfers seek more Web experience

A recent survey by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) found that 4 in 10 people above the age of 45 consider themselves "novice" computer users, while only 8 percent consider themselves "experts." The AARP also reports people 50 and older now make up the fastest-growing group of Internet users.

Seeing a potentially large market in this group of not-so-savvy Internet users, Web sites that cater to the elderly and untrained are popping up on the net.

One Web site - www.livineasy.com - aims "to be a community that welcomes and guides newbies, and to serve as an advocate for their safe and comfortable use of the Internet," says Jon Boroshok, the company's president.

The site offers topics such as "Computer and Internet Training," "Tips For First Time Computer Users," as well as guides on gardening and cooking.

Other Web sites geared to help the older generation: www.wiredseniors.com acts as a "hub" for senior-related Web sites, offering a search engine geared to older people; and www.seniornet.org, which provides computer training for older Americans at 175 centers nationwide.

(c) Copyright 2000. The Christian Science Publishing Society

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