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10 Modern Technologies Baby Boomers Are Using

Computers and Laptops

Computers and laptops are quickly becoming nearly ubiquitous accessories to our lives. For those who aren't able to enjoy a home computer or a laptop while relaxing at the neighborhood coffee shop, local libraries offer free use of computers (when one is available, that is).

While use of computers was once a sign of generational divide, boomers have lived and worked in an era in which their use was quite common and even necessary. Increasingly, baby boomers are turning to the Internet for news, getting information from government Web sites and downloading music.

In fact, 81 percent of younger boomers (those born between 1955 and 1964) go online, as do 76 percent of older boomers (those born between 1946 and 1954) [source: Pew].

People over 50 are 27 percent more likely to research travel destinations and pursue hobbies online than other adults, and about two out of three boomers have broadband [source: Rogers].

Even generations that precede the boomers frequently go online: About three in five members of the "silent generation" (born between 1937 and 1945) use the Internet, and so do about one in three members of the "G.I. generation" (born before 1937) [source: Pew]. Interestingly, boomers are among the most likely of all age groups to make online charitable donations [source: Pew].

What else are retirees doing more of online? Find out in the next section.