Smartphones create generational and income divide

The 93-year-old was unimpressed when he recently became the owner of an iPhone. He was gifted with an iPhone as his old phone stopped working. But it was being difficult for him to even make and receive call from the new phone.

He thought the old traditional mobile phone was better as one can hardly use the iPhone, as he claims. Eventually when he joined tutorial, he could use the phone. He thinks that just than making and receiving calls it would be great if he could do much better with the advanced technology phone as it has so much to offer.

Computer Pals for Seniors in Newcastle has been teaching older people how to use technology for more than two decades. People have realized that they have to learn the new technology in order to stay in touch with their grandchildren.

Previously people would come to tutorials curious to learn how to use the new technology now they come because they have no choice.

When asked if technology was making life better, a majority (60 per cent) of respondents said it was, with most believing it had positive effects on education, jobs and the economy, but negative effects on teenagers and children.

The older Australians are becoming more connected every year, they still lag behind the rest of the country. There are two groups who are not able to cope up with the technological advance. The low-income Australians and people whose only access to the internet is via their smartphones.

As kids need to do their homework they need to access the online school portal via internet.