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People aged 70 and over are helping to drive the popularity of the internet, it has transpired.

According to the University of Dundee's School of Computing, figures from the Pew Internet & American Life Project show that the number of people aged 70 to 75 going online in the US increased from 26 per cent in 2005 to 45 per cent in 2006.

The report also indicated that the number of people in the over-76 age group who use broadband internet services increased by ten per cent in the same period, the AFP reported.

Moreover, the research found that for older people, the most popular online activity is emailing.

Professor Vicki Hanson of Dundee University explained the findings last Monday (April 20th) on the first day of the 18th International World Wide Web conference in Madrid.

She said: "Older adults are the fastest growing demographic on the internet.

"They are basically doing the same things as everyone else. Using the web for communication, then quickly moving to other activities like information seeking, online banking, shopping."

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