98 per cent of people would give up TV, magazines and papers for an internet connection


Research carried out by EE for its annual Techy Tea Party found internet and computers trumped TV and nuclear power as most important inventions of last century

Research carried out by EE has found that more than two thirds of over-65s think the internet and computers are the most revolutionary inventions in their lifetimes.

According to the poll, carried out to mark the launch of EE’s Techy Tea image009Party 2015, the internet beat the creation of TV, radio and nuclear power to be named as the most important new technology of their lifetimes.

Over half of the 1,000 over-65s polled said being online was important to reduce feelings of isolation or loneliness, while over a tenth said they’d consider signing up to online dating or to meet a friend online.

98 per cent of those asked said they would rather give up their TVs, radios, magazines, and newspapers before cutting off access to the internet.

Despite this, over half polled in the survey said they weren’t confident about their own online skills.

“It’s encouraging to see the internet and technology playing such an important role in keeping families connected and ensuring older generations don’t feel isolated,” explained EE chief corporate and strategy officer Stephen Harris.

“The research tells us that the over 65s are using the internet at least once a day, but not everyone feels confident in their online skills. Hopefully people will visit an EE store for our Techy Tea Party Day to talk to an expert and develop essential their online skills.” 

EE’s Techy Tea Party is an event held across its 500-plus UK stores nationwide on September 8 aimed at helping older people develop their skills with technology.


Over 2,500 volunteers will help show how technology can help older people stay in touch with friends and family, make the most of hobbies and interests, and access important services like utility companies.

It is ran in partnership with the Royal Voluntary Service and anyone who wants to take part can sign up at http://ee.co.uk/ee-and-me/tech/techy-tea-party

RVS chief operating officer John Pearson said: “We are delighted to be able to work with EE for its Techy Tea Party Day and combine forces to increase older people’s confidence using technology.

“It’s important older generations don’t feel intimidated or left out with advances in technology and working with EE we hope to see more and more people getting online and using it to keep in touch with families and friends.”

EE CEO Olaf Swantee pictured at a previous Techy Tea Party
EE CEO Olaf Swantee (right) pictured showing off a tablet to TV star June Whitefield (left) at last year’s Techy Tea Party event