Digital Divide at Collington 2020

By Dennis Evans

This is an analysis of email addresses at Collington and email traffic on the Collington-Discussion Google Group. 

Email Addresses:  There are 379 entries in the August 2020 Telephone Directory that have contact email addresses.  The Photo Directory of the same group of residents has 463 individual photographs.  Overall, 76% of the units have email contact addresses and 24% have no email contact address.  In the Apartments about 40% have email addresses.  In the Creighton Center about 30% have email addresses.

 

 

The Collington-Discussion group was formed May 19, 2016.  The number of conversations (common topic, many with multiple email responses) posted per year were: 2016=453; 2017=1381; 2018=1591; 2019=1676; 2020=4230.  During the Covid-19 visiting restrictions the number of post more than doubled. 

Of the 463 (100%) residents listed in the August 2020 Telephone Directory, 283 (61%) were members of the discussion group.  From April 27-August 2, 2020, 167 residents (59% of members of the discussion group) posted 3705 emails to the discussion group.  The distribution of emails is shown in the graph.  The top 25% of the discussion group emails are sent by 4 individuals.  The bottom 25% of the emails are sent by 225 individuals.  There are 125 individuals who sent no emails during the report period.  There is no way to tell how many of the individuals read the emails that are sent.

Cybersecurity for Older Adults

“Cybersecurity for Older Adults”
is a video presentation By Dennis Evans,
Technology-Communications Chair, discussing:

Cybersecurity Best Practices for Older Adults
Quiz: Can You Spot an Online Scam?
Top 5 Hottest Senior Cyber Scams
Cyber Attacks: What Makes Me Vulnerable?
References / Free Software

Contact Dennis if you have any questions.

Staying Active

Contributed by Marian Fuchs and Mike Burke

Last month the RA Marketing Committee asked resident Mike Burke to write a piece on how Collington was coping with the coronavirus, and his delightful piece, “Care in an Unsettled Time” was posted on the website, after being used by the Marketing Office in the virtual marketing newsletter and website.  This month the Committee asked Mike to write a second piece, on what we residents were doing during the corona shutdown.  He wrote another winner, which has already appeared in Collington’s digital marketing places, and which you can read right here.

Care in an Unsettled Time

Contributed by Marian Fuchs

To coincide with the resumption of potential residents being able to visit Collington as the community gradually relaxed its covid constraints, the Resident Association Marketing Committee commissioned an essay on how we coped with the coronavirus.  The paper was written for the Marketing Office and for residents to share with family and friends by Mike Burke, a Collington resident.  The Office used it immediately in its monthly newsletter. You can access it by clicking here.