Earlier this year, for example, the U.S. Social Security Administration said it would stop sending paper statements to Americans explaining their Social Security benefits. Instead, such statements would be available online. As part of a broader government policy, Social Security will also be ending paper-based benefit checks by May 2013.
According to the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, only 42 percent of Americans age 65 and older go online at all. Of these, even smaller percentages use the Internet to research information on specific topics. These numbers are rising, but still are roughly half the level of younger Americans. The Social Security Administration does say it plans to provide paper-based statements to older people, but has not yet spelled out the timing of this effort.Read More