The modern world our computers and mobile devices that are connected the Internet behave as its control panels, if you will. The Web contains many services that most people rely upon daily. The greatest thing about the Web also has a certain misconception attached to it. Its great diversity means that the Web actually is not dominated by younger generations — despite that public image. There is a mature Web, the one built by older generations that have  embraced it and contributed to it themselves — as well as attracted the attention of developers who know the size of their demographic.


A Wiser Web

As we said, the public hype and ready image for Web culture in general is quite youthful, usually. The Web is a wild frontier, full of mavericks, child prodigies, overnight 'viral' sensations, public gaffs by politicians and celebrities, raw breaking news, and so on. But as culture settles down with this new technology, people are starting to understand that the Web poses many of the same consequences for our actions as normal life — and, many new and unfamiliar responsibilities.

It may be that older users grasp the perennial aspects of the Web better. Senior citizens are using the Web in order to select a senior living arrangement at certain times, for example, or to choose entertainment options, to keep up with dispersed family members, or at other times to explore new experiences.

All the while, having more perspective (such as a life before the Internet and even PCs!), seniors could be less tempted to push the limits of communication while publishing content or using social networks. Do mature, experienced users have as many problems with online faux pas?

It seems that the youngest generations who have grown up in a world already in possession of these tools may understand the unpredictable logic of the Web's content and applications, and yet they may lack the first hand social experiences that Web-based tools are based upon.


Shrewder Use of Services

It may be very simply that seniors can appreciate the value of the Web, for obtaining services or for strengthening bonds with the people who have been in their lives the longest, but are less apt to be fooled that any of that really compares with real social contact and relaxed family time.

Still, we find senior citizens tearing up the Web, appearing active in many places, contributing valuable input. This medium may, with the hindsight of history, turn out to be a major bridge between the generations — as older people share more, and younger people grown more aware of seniors' presences and influences online.


These days, in a more mature phase of the Internet itself, a retired woman could be as likely to know about a mobile casino charged to phone bill payments as a bigshot CEO, and at the same time as skilled at Googling topics and learning things as school kids doing homework. The Web has grown up, as seniors are using it to grow and act younger!