Steal The Smart Digital Habits Of Your Daughter/ Granddaughter

Steal The Smart Digital Habits Of Your Daughter/ Granddaughter

With your granddaughter or daughter being part of the digital generation, you should learn their most effective online habits and make your life easier!

Going online can improve your life, whether you’re looking to move, wanting to book a holiday, or pick up a second-hand bargain. Here’s how to do it...

The digital age offers a wealth of websites and apps built to make your life easier. You just need to know where to look. From booking holidays to video-calling relatives on the other side of the world, there are endless tech savvy ways the next generation are using to digitise every aspect of their day. Here are some productive online habits worth adopting, and they could even save you some money along the way…

Booking holidays online
Forget travel brochures, instead visit Lonely Planet for holiday inspiration, then download the Instagram app, and search by ‘places’ to see photos of that destination or hotel, taken by fellow travellers. Your daughter will no doubt be comparing cheap flights on Skyscanner, and will have set up an alert on so she’s the first to know when her desired flights go on sale. is your go-to place for last-minute holiday deals, while can find you great hotels that you can cancel up to 24 hours before you travel.

Buying a house
Gone are the days of trawling estate agent windows, now apps such as RightMove and Zoopla make house hunting a sedentary activity. Interactive maps allow you to pinpoint areas and see photos, floorplans and all the information you need before ringing an estate agent to book a viewing. Set alerts for your dream house and be the first to know when it comes on the market.

Keeping in touch with family and friends
The world is now a small place, digitally speaking. Keep in touch with friends in America or your niece travelling around Australia for free. Skype allows you to make video calls from your computer or phone, and WhatsApp sends free text messages anywhere in the world.

Hearing the news first
Sales of newspapers continue to decline as people increasingly move online to get their daily news fix. Newspapers have digital versions and apps updated around the clock, and you can tailor their homepages to find out the stories that matter to you most. You can also set up alerts on your phone for breaking news.

Being inspired
The digital age has brought with it a renewed thirst for inspiration, much of which can be found in a surge of fascinating podcasts that can be downloaded to your computer or phone. You can watch the riveting series of TED Talks, discussing everything from climate change to the science of orgasms. Or listen to the New York Times’ Modern Love podcast, This American Life and BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. It will definitely make walking the dog more interesting.

Finding second-hand bargains
You can find almost anything you need second-hand and at bargain prices online. eBay will connect you with sellers from all over the world, while Gumtree and Shpock can help you find items for sale near you. They’re also a great resource for making a bit of money from that long overdue attic clear-out.

Keeping fit
We all know that sitting too much is damaging our health, but digital savvy folks are using their phones to ensure they are doing their steps. Apps like Argus track everything from how far you’ve walked, calories burnt and even your sleep cycle. The highly addictive (and free) My Fitness Pal is useful for monitoring your food and sugar intake. And if you want to exercise, there is a wealth of free websites such as for aspiring yoga bunnies, and YouTube will provide you with endless online classes for just about anything you fancy trying.

Finding some calm
The internet may seem brash and hurried, but it can also be a great source of peace. Let become your guide to mastering meditation or, if you need someone to talk to, 7 Cups of Tea is a community-based free counselling app for when you just need a human voice.

Landing your dream job
Millennials are taking their job hunt online and getting potential employers to come to them by utilising networking sites such as LinkedIn and The Dots. Download job search apps like Switch to stay one step ahead of the crowd.

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