When it comes to using the Web to stay in touch with friends and family, the over-55s are the trailblazers, showing the way in embracing free Internet calling and taking advantage of the latest Internet technology. That's one of the key findings of a new UK survey commissioned by Skype.
Skype survey discovered that the over-55s are the most likely age group to keep in touch via the Internet and are the most aware of free calling over the Internet. By contrast, the 16-24 age group is the most likely to communicate by text message.
Another interesting finding from the Skype-commissioned survey was that the over-55s believe that, had the Internet been around in their youth, it would have helped them keep a long-distance romance going. Almost 80% of this age group believe that modern communications would have helped them save a failed relationship.
Skype Survey Finds UK Ready for Internet Communications Revolution
According to the survey of more than 1,600 people across the UK, people are ready to begin benefiting from the cost and quality gains of free Internet phone calls:
*48% of Britons are already aware that they can use their computers to make free calls over the Internet
*the over-55s are the most likely age group to prefer to keep in touch via the Internet (51%), compared with 36 per cent of 16-24 year-olds
*the 16-24 year-old age group is the most likely to currently prefer to keep in touch by text message (48%), compared with six per cent of over-55's
*on average, Britons are now spending between 50 and 100 euro per month on communications
*over half (53%) of 16-24 year-olds admit they have no idea what their communications bill will be each month, while over one quarter (26%) say they get a shock each month from their bill and feel they are spending too much.