People of all ages are Internet connected. It's not true that young people are making better use of this technology than older people. Overall. public use of the Internet is poor, and I believe that's because people lack both confidence and skills. I can prove my case. Here is the email people GET. This is the mail people write. This is the membership of Social Networks. Even the watching of online video is low. Online most people DO, almost nothing. They pay $30 or more a month for a broadband connection they don't use.
Unlike TV, the Internet is a two way medium. Information comes to you, and almost always you can respond in some way, putting your own ideas, thoughts and opinions into the information mix.
My research tells me that about 60% of the people on the Internet NEVER do that. If you are one of those people this is an important issue which goes to the heart of who you are, and to who is the person you are becoming in the next ten years.
I do understand the enormous courage that it takes to put your own view into a public forum for the first time.
Prof. Graham Nuthall in extensive classroom research came to a significant conclusion. It didn't matter what teachers did or said, it didn't matter what media was used, it didn't matter who else did anything. What mattered and contributed to learning was what each child did, or did not do.
That little bit of insight applies to you and I too.
How do you motivate yourself to do more of the things you should be doing, rather than collapsing in front of the TV set? The answer is very simple. Find something to do that's more interesting to do than watching television. No matter how interesting TV may seem, it slowly turns YOU off. You become a passive recipient of time filling trivia. You become as significant or as mindless as the programme's on offer. If better choices are available you should take those options. Your brain responds to what you feed it.