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Are they using the same Internet as me?

Ever since its beginning, the Internet has continued to enrich our lives by allowing us to see which Pokémon our personalities matched with or find new and unique ways to offend others. But now a government study is suggesting that it may also be the key to living a long and fruitful life.

In the 2022 edition of the Cabinet Office’s Annual Report on the Aging Society, a mail survey was conducted on over 2,000 men and women over the age of 65 across Japan. First they asked whether or not the seniors used the Internet and social media and then whether they felt they had something to live for.

According to the responses it was learned that three times as many elderly people who were active online also felt that they had a purpose in life, compared to those who stayed away from the Internet. The report concludes that this result proves “support for eliminating the digital divide of the elderly will continue to be important.”

▼ For those under 65, results may vary

Meanwhile, younger Japanese people online were rather surprised by the news and wrote comments expressing support for older people using the Internet mixed with concern that they might not be equipped to handle some of the dangers that lurk online.

“I hope their ‘purpose’ isn’t some conspiracy theory.”
“I’m old enough to remember life before the Internet when you had to get news from the TV, so I think its good that my parents’ generation has access too.”
“That’s good news, but I hope they have the literacy to be safe online.”
“Social media seems to have the opposite effect on me.”
“Whenever I see …continue reading