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67% of elderly have little or no access to Internet: survey

Kyodo

A total of 67.2 percent of those 60 or older says they have little or no access to the Internet, a government survey released Friday shows.

The survey said the ratio of elderly interested in using the Internet was lowest among the oldest respondents. Those showing interest amounted to 59.2 percent among people 60 to 64, 30.4 percent among those 70 to 74, and 16.2 percent among those 80 to 84.

Asked about their main source of information, 79 percent said television, 63.8 percent said newspapers, and 38.2 percent said family.

“This generation is not familiar with the Internet as they did not use it” when they were working before retirement, a Cabinet Office official said.

The survey was conducted by mail in December. It covered 6,000 people 60 or older as of Oct. 1 last year. The results were based on 3,893 valid responses.