The Web isn’t Just for the Young

The perception is that only our kids are using the internet.  Sure, they use it more than their parents or grandparents, but these two groups are catching up.  According to the Pew Research Center report, adults aged 65 and older are now the fastest-growing group of people using the Internet, followed by by those aged 50 to 64.

Overall use of online social networks by US adults of all ages nearly doubled in two years to 61 per cent, while 83 per cent of young adults are members of such web communities, the study has found.

While just 16 percent of internet users 74 and older use social networking sites, that was up 400 percent from just 4 percent in 2008, the fastest growth of any age group. Also, 54 percent of internet users 74 and older now report getting news online, up 46 percent from 37 percent back in 2008.

Still, it doesn’t mean all online activities are gaining traction with the 74-plus crowd. In the most recent survey just 12 percent in the demo said they listen to streaming music online, down from 14 percent in 2008. Meanwhile, the number of overall adult internet users who stream music online has gone from 34 percent to 51 percent during that period.

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