Last week I mentioned the unsettling experience of losing internet connectivity entirely, and it was scary. It was a combination of trying to make sense of a technology that is often too complex for me to understand completely (and thus fix it or figure out what’s wrong), but it was also the sense of being cut off from a resource I’ve come to depend on…whether I wanted to or not
That same dilemma was reflected in the comments so far on this topic…the digital lifestyle is a mixed blessing.
Some folks could take it or leave it but understand that connectivity is a requirement to live in the world these days. Some regret the loss of personal connections, others struggle to keep up, and one, for instance, said she had to learn about it to become a foster grandparent…and that’s how she found Senior Planet. One commenter said her connectivity was intermittent and thus she was unable to fully participate in the digital lifestyle.
That’s why we’re so excited about a new initiative coming soon. Aging Connected is a national campaign with an ambitious goal of connecting one million older adults to the Internet.
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Virge Randall is Senior Planet’s Managing Editor. She is also a freelance culture reporter who seeks out hidden gems and unsung (or undersung) treasures for Straus Newspapers; her blog “Don’t Get Me Started” puts a quirky new spin on Old School New York City. Send your suggestions for Open Threads to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.