Pew Internet News: Social networking site use among internet users ages 50 and older nearly doubled
September, 2010While 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. Social networking use among internet users ages 50 and older nearly doubled-from 22% in April 2009 to 42% in May 2010.
"Young adults continue to be the heaviest users of social media, but their growth pales in comparison with recent gains made by older users," explains Mary Madden, Senior Research Specialist and author of the report. "Email is still the primary way that older users maintain contact with friends, families and colleagues, but many older users now rely on social network platforms to help manage their daily communications."
At the same time, the use of status update services like Twitter has also grown-particularly among those ages 50-64. One in ten internet users ages 50 and older now say they use Twitter or another service to share updates about themselves or see updates about others. Read more »
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