Brit expat silver surfers top internet user survey

Published:  4 Nov at 6 PM
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UK retirees living overseas are the new digital nomads, using the latest internet technology to make new friends and stay in touch with families.

Nat West Bank’s annual Quality of Life Survey released some surprising comparisons between internet usage by retirees resident in the UK and their counterparts in favourite expat destinations across the world. It seems that the process of leaving Britain’s shores to start a new life has been hugely impacted by pensioners’ use of the latest communication and information technology.

Amongst retirees in the UK, 28 per cent have never gone online, and 53 per cent need assistance for even the most basic internet usage. In contrast, over three-quarters of Britons living overseas log on every day to keep in touch with new expat friends as well as with old friends and family in the home country.

Social networks are favourites with 67 per cent of those surveyed, with Facebook the most popular. According to 59 per cent of respondents, other internet usage includes streaming UK TV, downloading books and movies, managing financial and healthcare issues and keeping up with local, UK and world news and events.

A Nat West spokesperson told the media that the rise of the internet as a means of communication and enterntianment has had an incredible effect on the lifestyles of expat retirees. He added that the take-up amongst expats over the age of 55 of newer technologies including smart phones and tablets is impressive, and the average time spent online was shown to have increased by 14 per cent over last year’s result.
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