A generation ago it was sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll that
distinguished many baby boomers from their parents. Now that rock shares the
stage with hip-hop, drugs are by prescription, and sex comes in a pill, a
striking difference between the baby boomers and the generation ahead of them
is Internet use, particularly for tracking down health information.
A recent national survey that the Kaiser Family Foundation (Menlo Park,
Calif) released in January showed that less than one third (31%) of individuals
in the United States aged 65 years or older have ever gone online, including
e-mail use. The figure drops to 18% for those aged 75 years or older. But
of the so-called near seniors—those aged 50 to 64 years, which includes
a large segment of baby boomers—some 70% have used the Internet.
Voelker R. Seniors Seeking Health Information Need Help Crossing “Digital Divide”. JAMA. 2005;293(11):1310-1312. doi:10.1001/jama.293.11.1310