2012 Study: Older Adults and Internet Use

Slide19The latest findings from a June 6, 2012 Pew Internet & American Life Project of the Pew Research Center are in, and the results may or may not surprise you.

Here are highlights from the Pew Older Adults and Internet Use study:

-53% of American adults age 65 and older use the internet or email. According to the  Pew Research Center, “this is the first time that half of seniors are going online. After several years of very little growth among this group, these gains are significant.”

-34% of internet users age 65 and older use social networking sites such as Facebook, and 18% do so on a typical day.

-86% of internet users age 65 and older use email, with 48% doing so on a typical day.

-69% of adults ages 65 and older report that they have a mobile phone, up from 57% in May 2010. Even among those currently age 76 and older, 56% report owning a cell phone of some kind, up from 47% of this generation in 2010.

-almost four times as many seniors own e-book readers now as did just two years ago and Tablet ownership is also growing; 8% of seniors have them, up from 1% in 2010. Editor’s note: I see tablet adoption growing among older adults because of the ease of use. My 92-year old Grams loves her iPad and says it is much easier to use than the computer with a mouse.

You can read additional summary findings and download a pdf of the report here.

-Nancy Patterson

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