Advantages of Being Online

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The internet is a gateway to a whole new world. It allows flexible access to information and services 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
 
Some of the advantages of being online are:
 
  • Connectivity: keep in touch with family and friends worldwide through social media, email, Skype and Facetime. In turn using the internet will build citizen confidence and wellbeing and can reduce the feeling of isolation.
  • Save money: provides access to a wider market and makes it easier to compare prices. You can find the best online deals and to make more informed purchasing decisions.
  • Save time: saves time travelling and queuing to avail of goods and services e.g. online banking, NCT booking, paying car tax.  You can now do from the convenience of your own home at a time that suits you.
  • Entertainment: pursue your hobbies and interests and explore other cultures. You can also stay up to date with current affairs and catch up on TV using playback facilities.
  • Education:  expand your knowledge and skills, undertake online courses and facilitate your learning at your own pace.
     

Watch the videos below to see the benefits and advantages of being online

​This animation shows many of the advantages of being online. It was first shown at the British Irish Council (BIC) Summit on the Isle of Man from where our Minister said:- “This shows the internet is a really important resource with something for everyone”. Both the Taoiseach and  Ireland's former Digital Champion David Puttnam endorse the key messages.​We hear from older people who received one to one training from Age Action under our BenefIT programme. They describe their learning experience as easy and enjoyable. They tell us how their skills and confidence grew and about some of the things they can now do on the internet.They also tell us how online resources like skype, social media and email help them.This is an interview with some older people who describe some of the practical ways they are now better off by using the internet. They speak about being able to catch up on TV and access information. They also talk about the convenience of being able to pay bills and conduct banking online as well as opportunities to save money.