Over 65: A Majority Now Using the Web

There is some new information about internet users over age 65. The Pew Internet & American Life Project issued its latest report last month, which for the first time says that more than half of people over 65 are online, and between the ages of 66 and 75 they are reached easily online and make the internet a regular part of their daily lives. If you haven’t read the study, I’m excerpting it below and think you might want to download the entire report here.

Here’s an excerpt of the summary they posted online, and the underline is mine:

As of April 2012, 53% of American adults age 65 and older use the internet or email. Though these adults are still less likely than all other age groups to use the internet, the latest data represent the first time that half of seniors are going online. After several years of very little growth among this group, these gains are significant.

As of February 2012, one third (34%) of internet users age 65 and older use social networking sites such as Facebook, and 18% do so on a typical day. By comparison, email use continues to be the bedrock of online communications for seniors. As of August 2011, 86% of internet users age 65 and older use email, with 48% doing so on a typical day.


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