The dominance of the internet means it is "vital" everyone has access to the web, the author of a report into loneliness in the elderly has said.
Eddie Copeland, report author for think-tank Policy Exchange, said:
In an increasingly isolated and fast moving world it is vital that everyone in society is able to use the internet and understand its benefits.
From alleviating social isolation, bringing together communities, paying bills and now accessing public services, online can improve lives.
Being able to simply write an email or access a social networking site could provide older people with a way to stay connected to their friends and families, who may live hundreds of miles away.