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Older broadband users are often some of the savviest online, one UK service provider has claimed.

In a new blog posting, Plusnet said that despite being referred to as 'silver surfers', the over-55s are "whizzing around the web at lightning speeds".

The broadband provider said older internet users are "so tech-savvy they are putting younger folk to shame".

According to Plusnet research, 72 per cent of over-55s claim to understand basic internet jargon - including terms such as bandwidth, Wi-Fi, router and download.

This compares to just 61 per cent of 16 to 24-year-olds - people who have grown up with the internet as a part of their lives.

"Fewer than one per cent of silver surfers try to use a normal screen like a touchscreen – unlike an embarrassing seven per cent of 24-34s," Plusnet stated.

"And less than one per cent of silver surfers try to use Twitter as a search engine – unlike seven per cent of 25-34s."

Plusnet said it has been helping to show older first-time internet users how to make the most of cheap broadband.

"And you can help too," the broadband provider urged.

"Everyone in the UK’s being encouraged to spend an hour showing older people how to make the most of the net."

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