Jóvenes y viejos – El Mostrador

Nunca en la historia de la humanidad el foso entre dos generaciones sucesivas ha sido tan profundo. Y tan grave. El paso de los cazadores-recolectores a los agricultores tomó miles de años en cumplirse. Hoy, el salto a la realidad virtual también es gigantesco, pero se está dando en pocas décadas.

Fuente: Jóvenes y viejos – El Mostrador


Loneliness is not a bug with a technological solution | Ros Coward | Comment is free | theguardian.com

Loneliness is not a bug with a technological solution | Ros Coward | Comment is free | theguardian.com.

Helping elderly people to use the internet is a good idea. But let’s not mistake broadband connections for social ones

 

 

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‘Anyone who has spent time with elderly people knows the real issues are much more complex.’ Photograph: Paul Doyle/Alamy

 

In the UK, four out of 10 over-65s do not have internet access. At a time when so much of our lives is conducted online – the payment of bills, access to information – that should be a real source of concern about potential social exclusion.

But does this mean that by widening internet access, elderly people will feel more socially connected? Or, even, more radically, as a new report suggests, could this be a solution for loneliness in old age?

The centre-right Policy Exchange thinktank makes such claims as part of its forthcoming technology manifesto. It recommends £875m should be spent on training the 6.2 million mainly elderly people who are without basic digital skills.

The report claims these skills would provide older people with a way to stay connected to friends and family, and could therefore ease the isolation of those who live alone, while saving many millions for the NHS and in state-subsidised care home places.

Loneliness among the elderly is certainly a massive problem. Recent research by Age UK has shown that one in three older people are plagued by loneliness, and that this has dire effects on their health.

On first sight, claims about the potential benefit of digital connection for the elderly appear to be backed up by research. The International Longevity Centre recently found that 7.5 million adults have never used the internet – most of them elderly, disabled or poor. Of those who had not been online, 63% often felt lonely, compared with just 38% of those who did use the internet.