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article imageBig rise in adults online, half of seniors now use Internet

By Lesley Lanir     Jun 7, 2012 in Internet
Pew Research Center's latest report on Internet use shows that in the last 8 months the number of seniors going online have started to grow significantly; half of seniors now use the Internet.
Latest research from Pew Research Center, April 2012, reveals that 53% of American adults age 65 and older now use the Internet or email. This is a surprising increase since in August 2011 just over 40% of seniors were making use of email and the Internet. This upward trend was already present in February of this year when the number of online seniors had jumped to 48%.
Overall, 82% of all American adults ages 18 and older say they use the Internet or email, at least occasionally, and 67% do so on a typical day. Among adults age 65 and older, 70% use the Internet on a typical day. That compares to:
• 87% of the Internet users ages 18-29 who go online on a typical day.
• 86% of the Internet users ages 30-49 who go online on a typical day.
• 76% of the Internet users ages 50-64 who go online on a typical day,
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Results from April 2012 show that only 34% of those members of society who are currently age 76 and older, known as the “G.I. generation”, are using the Internet. Pew’s research report states that 68% of the members of this age group would not use such technology without assistance since they feel "not confident enough and would need someone to help them get online”. Only 4% of non-Internet users in the G.I. Generation population said they would like to start using the Internet and email in the future.
• 38% of non-users in the G.I. Generation population say they’re “just not interested.”
• 34% of online seniors use social networking sites like Facebook and LinkedIn
Gadget ownership
• 31% of age 76+ own desktop computers compared to 58% of all adults over 18.
• 20% of age 76+ own laptops compared to 61% of all adults over 18.
• 5% own E-readers compared to 18% of all adults over 18.
• 3% own tablet compared to 18% of all adults over 18.
• 56% own cell phones compared to 88% of all adults over 18.
Read the full The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, Older adults and Internet use by Kathryn Zickuhr, Mary Madden.
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