Seniors now fastest-growing group using social networking

Yesterday we posted an article about the fact that for the first time ever the amount of usage of the Internet equals the amount of time spent watching TV in the U.S and now we hear news today that the use of social networking has seen a surge of older people with more and more seniors getting online.

Over on USA Today, Janice Lloyd has been looking into this and reports that Eldercare Locator are now issuing a guide to assist seniors in learning about all things online, including social networking, Skype and Google. CEO of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, Sarah Markwood, said “We’re hearing that older people are interested. We’re hoping during the holidays when families get together, the grandchildren can help older family members.”

Adults 65-and over are now the fastest-growing group of people now using social networking with ages 50-64 not far behind according to a Pew Research Center report. The guide is called “Staying Connected: Technology Options for Older Adults” which you can obtain from eldercare.gov. You may also be interested in our previous article about a series of Google video tutorials specifically aimed at teaching older people the basics of computing.

A PR Web report over on SFGate also tells about the growth of social networking with seniors in an article which may also interest you. Are you a senior who has recently got into social networking and if so what are your thoughts on it? We’d be interested to hear your comments so please do send them in.

  • Debbie

    Old people are smarter and more computer savy than we think. I searched for "things for old people" and found sites that focus on seniors and things they want. The don't want cheesy sweaters anymore, but rather high-tech devices and fun toys that all the "youngins" get to play with.