I have just learnt from Face Book that R's brother in law's twin sister who lives on a farm in northern England has at the age of nearly seventy has given up smoking and is now addicted to Angry Birds.
She lived a fairly isolated life on the farm with an alcoholic husband who drinks until he virtually passes out, then repeats this twice more during twenty four hours without there being any particularly timing. It is sad to see, especially as in his few lucid hours he is an interesting person to talk to. I recall him showing me the remains of a Roman road running through their farm. (Yes I like whiskey Johnny, but not at eleven in the morning and even though you have poured me a very large glass and you are insisting, I just am not going to drink it)
His wife looks after him without criticism. She knows he is a hopeless case and he probably won't live for much longer. Fortunately she drives, so she can get about at least.
But what has made her life has been the internet and having a computer. She Skypes with family, uses FB and plays games. She changes her profile photos often and puts up other photos. It has been truly remarkable thing for her.
We are often so focused on the negatives about the internet, we fail to appreciate what a wonderful thing it really is and how it must have turned so many lives around for the better.