silver surfers

elderly internet-users


silver surfers = ältere (in der Regel 50 Jahre oder älter) Internet-Nutzer



“The internet offers many advantages, especially for ‘SILVER SURFERS’. Digital offers could help them to live self-determined lives for as long as possible, even if their mobility is limited.”

Carepath Project — (30th January 2023)

“The role of the Internet in later life autonomy: SILVER SURFERS in Spain”

Carmen Llorente-Barroso, et al. — Humanities and Social Sciences Communications (13th February 2023)

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silver surfers
colloquial noun-phrase

- adults, generally 50 years of age or older, who frequently surf the Web and spend time online

- an older (especially retired) persons who uses the internet

NetLingo Dictionary / Collins Dictionary


"Silver surfers" are a growing demographic group that marketing professionals are paying attention to by offering "senior-friendly" services and products.

The term stems from the superhero introduced by Marvel Comics in 1966 and is an obvious reference to silver hair.


- "The first sign of maturity is the discovery that the volume knob also turns to the left." (Jerry M. Wright)

- "Growing old is mandatory, but growing up is optional." (Walt Disney)

- "Old age is when you're cautioned to slow down by your doctor instead of the police." (Anonymous)

- "Aging is like a fine wine; it just gets better with time... and sometimes gives you a headache." (Anonymous)

- "You know you're getting old when the candles cost more than the cake." (Bob Hope)

- "Youth is a gift of nature, but age is a work of art." (Stanislaw Jerzy Lec)

- "Age is something that doesn't matter unless you are a cheese." (Billie Burke)

- "Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." (Mark Twain)


- for getting older

advancing in years, advancing, antiquated, becoming long in the tooth, collecting years, developing a touch of grey, gathering years, getting a bit rusty (on in years), in the autumn of life, long in the tooth, maturing, mellowing (with age), no spring chicken, not as young as one used to be, on the wrong side of forty, reaching a ripe old age, seasoned, silvering, superannuated, up there in years, venerable, vintage

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“SILVER SURFERS enjoy reminding today’s youngsters ‘I was online before you were born’."

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