Jim Redding refused to own a cell phone. And the notion of having a BlackBerry or iPod was out of the question. Yet, within the past year, the 69-year-old Maryland resident has become not only computer savvy but also an avid Internet surfer. After taking a free course for senior citizens at the local library, Redding sends e-mails, organizes boat inspections for his yacht club and even drops in on YouTube to keep current on videos.
“I was dragged kicking and screaming” into the computer age,” he said. “I used to gripe about it, but I got the basics and just kept seeing what more I could learn.” Redding is hardly alone. In recent years, seniors have been hooking up to the Internet at a rate that far outpaces the rest of the population.
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