Social Networking Users Over 50 are Growing Quickly

Social Networking Users Over 50 are Growing Quickly

Social Networking Users Over 50 are Growing Quickly

The average age of Internet users may be going up.  A recent Pew Research survey found that use of social networking sites by those over the age of 50 has nearly doubled over the past year.  The survey found that between April of last year and March of this year, users ages 50 to 64 using social sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn grew from only 25% to nearly 47%.  Additionally, users over the age of 65 also doubled.

Why the rapid expansion of older social site users?  Pew Research said that many of the older generations have figured out that social networking sites are a great way to stay in touch with old friends, as well as find a community of likeminded people.  One thought on why the increase in use among this age group has been so drastic, is the ever-expanding reach of broadband Internet.  The study also found that over half of all those between 50 and 64 with broadband Internet used a social networking site.

Another theory proposed by the survey was that as people get closer to retirement, they often feel the need to reconnect with people they may not have seen in some time.  Researchers noted the ease with which you can get in touch with long lost friends through places such as Facebook.  The ability to find a support group for certain medical conditions was another reason respondents said they have started using social networking sites.

No matter why, there is no debating that more and more older citizens have jumped on the information super highway.  Pew Research said they expect the recent trend of older social networking site users to continue in the future.


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