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Baby boomers are tech savvy: poll

Next wave of residents are already using social networking sites

Baby Boomers are better online networkers than their Generation X counterparts, a new poll of Australian MySpace users revealed.

Often considered to be flailing in a world of 21st Century networking, Baby Boomers boast more online friends than the average Gen X, the survey of about one and a half million people revealed.

The results were formulated using self-expressed data taken from the MySpace accounts of users all over the country.

MySpace’s Darain Faraz said the results meant social networking was reaching a larger demographic than had previously been thought.

“In this context, the web is liberating, as their real world age becomes less relevant than their digital or cultural age,” he said.

The news will be of interest to the many aged care providers who are setting up ‘computer clubs’ for their residents to engage in social networking, keeping in touch with family and friends.

Anecdotally it is being found to be very useful for rural and remote facilities.

INsite previously reported on computer clubs in residential aged care. Read the article here:

(IN, 01.04.10)

With AAP

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