Generations Online

Generations Online

Technology is bringing generations of Americans together, whether by e-mail or through computer lessons and technical support. To learn more about the impact of computers on intergenerational relationships, the American Association of Retired Persons commissioned a survey of five hundred adults between the ages of twenty-five and forty-four whose older relatives had asked them for computer help. The results, as detailed in Generations Online (6 pages, PDF), reveal that 78 percent of respondents had taught an older adult how to use a computer, 87 percent had helped their parents find information on the Internet, and 97 percent had used computers to keep in touch with family members, while 80 percent said that having an older relative online had made a positive difference in their lives. To help older Americans develop their technology savvy, the AARP Web site features a Computers and Technology section with how-to guides, product reviews, and an online discussion board.