Older female adult using laptopSocial networking use among internet users ages 50 and older has nearly doubled — from 22% to 42% over the past year.

Half (47%) of internet users ages 50-64 and one-in-four (26%) users ages 65 and older now use social networking sites.

While social media use has grown dramatically across all age groups, older users have been especially enthusiastic over the past year about embracing new networking tools. Although email continues to be the primary way that older users maintain contact with friends, families and colleagues, many users now rely on social network platforms to help manage their daily communications — sharing links, photos, videos, news and status updates with a growing network of contacts. continue reading>>

Source: Mary Madden, Senior Research Specialist, Pew Internet & American Life Project (SeniorJournal.com, August 27, 2010)

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