Silver surfers regard the internet as the revolution of their generation in research marking national Techy Tea Party Day 2015

  • Two thirds of over 65s believe the internet and computers are the most revolutionary products of their time, trumping televisions and nuclear power
  • Over half say being online is an important tool to reduce feelings of loneliness or isolation
  • One in ten would use an online dating site to find a partner or friend
  • Despite recognising its transformative impact, half of those aged over 65 don’t feel confident in their online skills, so in a bid to increase skills amongst those unsure of technology EE is hosting National Techy Tea Party Day in partnership with older people’s charity, the Royal Voluntary Service
  • On 8th September, over 500 EE stores across the UK will host Techy Tea Parties from 9.30am – 11.00am, allowing over 2,500 volunteers to help people get online and learn more about today’s technology
  • To register to attend a Techy Tea Party on 8 September, visit any EE store across the country or go to

Two thirds of people aged over 65 said they consider the internet and computers to be the most revolutionary inventions of their lifetime. The internet beats the invention of TV, radio and nuclear power in a poll commissioned by EE to mark the launch of its annual Techy Tea Party Day.

Almost a sixth of those polled said they would be interested in meeting a partner or friend online, and a tenth of over 65s said they would consider signing up to a dating site or app to find love.  A fortunate 520,000[i] of the older generation have already met a love interest online.

The survey also reveals that for over half of those polled, being online is an important tool to reduce feelings of loneliness or isolation as it helps them feel closer to their families.  It seems that many are taking a proactive approach with 63% of over 65s already a member of an online club or social group to look for company online.

For the majority of people aged over 65, the internet is the most important source of news and information with 98% of those asked saying they would rather give up their TVs, radios, magazines and newspapers before cutting off access to the internet.

Despite having a strong appreciation for the internet, half of those polled in the survey said they didn’t feel confident in their online skills.

In a bid to help people build confidence when it comes to the internet and technology, EE has partnered with Royal Voluntary Service to hold National Techy Tea Party Day across more than 500 stores nationwide on Tuesday 8th September.

On that day, more than 2,500 volunteers will be on hand between 9.30am and 11.00am* to show how technology can help you stay in touch with friends and family, make the most of hobbies and interests, and access important services like utility companies.

Top ten uses of the internet for over 65’s:

  1. Email
  2. Online shopping
  3. Researching local services and products
  4. Internet banking
  5. Reading news online
  6. Looking up places they have never been on Google Earth
  7. Social Media
  8.  Looking up places from their past on Google Earth
  9. Property searches
  10. Connecting with old friends 

Stephen Harris, Chief Corporate & Strategy Officer at EE comments on the findings: “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 from society. 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.”

John Pearson, Chief Operating Officer, Royal Voluntary Service adds: “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.”

Top five most popular apps amongst over 65s:

  1. Facebook
  2. BBC News
  3. Amazon
  4. Google Maps
  5. YouTube 

EE National Techy Tea Party Day is an evolution of the company’s desire to help people get connected and is further reinforcement of EE’s commitment to improve essential digital skills of people all across the country. 

People who sign up to attend an EE National Techy Tea Party on 8 September are invited by EE to bring along the device they want to learn more about such as a mobile phone, or tablet.  EE staff will help them get to grips with everyday technology as well as teaching basic online skills in an informal setting over a cup of tea provided by campaign partner Tetley.

EE has been committed to improving digital skills since the brand launch in 2012 and is a founding partner of Go ON UK – the UK’s leading digital skills charity.  The Techy Tea Party campaign has already won the Prime Minister’s Big Society Award for its influence in boosting digital literacy and its success with helping local communities overcome their tech challenges. 

Registration opens today and anyone interested in attending a Techy Tea Party can visit any EE store or go to


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About the research:

EE commissioned independent research with One Poll of 1,000 UK adults over the age of 65, between 16 – 22 July 2015.

About EE:

EE is the largest and most advanced digital communications company in Britain, delivering mobile and fixed communications services to consumers, businesses, government and the wholesale market. EE has approximately 14,000 employees and 548 retail stores, and serves more than 30 million customers across its mobile, fixed and wholesale businesses.

EE runs the UK's biggest and fastest mobile network, pioneering the UK's first superfast 4G mobile service in October 2012 and is the first European operator to surpass the 10million 4G customer landmark. EE's 4G coverage today reaches more than 90% of the UK population. EE’s 2G coverage reaches 99% of the population while 3G reaches 98%. EE's superfast fibre broadband service covers 74% of the UK population, and ADSL broadband service covers 98.7% of the population.

In the last few years, EE has received extensive independent recognition including being ranked the UK's best overall network by RootMetrics®; Best Network at the 2014 and 2015 Mobile News Awards; Fastest Network at the 2013 and 2014 uSwitch Awards; Best Network at the 2014 Mobile Choice Consumer Awards and the What Mobile Awards 2013 and 2014; Number One for Network Innovation at the 2013 Recombu Awards; Best Mobile Network at the 2014 Recombu Awards; Best Network for Business at the 2013 and 2014 Mobile Industry Awards; and Best Consumer Network at the 2014 Mobile Industry Awards

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About Royal Voluntary Service

  • Formerly known as WRVS, Royal Voluntary Service has been helping people in Britain for 75 years. 
  • Originally set up as the Women’s Voluntary Service in 1938, the charity played a crucial role during the Second World War.
  • Whilst keeping the same values of community service, Royal Voluntary Service has now focused its work on helping older people to remain independent and get more out of life.
  • Royal Voluntary Service is one of the largest voluntary organisations in Britain with 35,000 men and women helping people in their homes, the community, hospitals and in emergencies.
  • The charity is a founding member of the Campaign to End Loneliness, a partner in the Big Lottery funded project, Shaping our Age, a supporter of the Malnutrition Task Force and a member of the Care and Support Alliance, the Falls and Fractures Alliance, Age Action Alliance and the Dementia Action Alliance.
  • Royal Voluntary Service has Investing in Volunteers status in recognition of its good practice and effective volunteer management.
  • For more information on the Royal Voluntary Service please visit

[i] 5% of the over 65 UK population (10,400,000)