Half Of Senior Citizens Are Online
June 7, 2012

Half Of Senior Citizens Are Online

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com

Although seniors previously spent most of their life without the Internet, over half of them have decided to adapt to life in a world driven by technology, according to new research.

The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project found that 53 percent of American adults aged 65 and older use the Internet or email.

Internet and email is not the only thing some 65 and older adults in America choose to do in their spare time.  Pew found that 34 percent use social networking sites like Facebook, and 18 percent of those do so on a daily basis.

Thirty-four percent may not sound too impressive for social network use, but that number is up from 13 percent in 2009, which is a 150 percent increase, according to Pew.

Email for some may seem like an ancient way of communicating, but 86 percent of seniors who get online say they use email, while 48 percent are doing so on a regular basis.

Pew also reported that more seniors own cellphones these days, with 69 percent saying they have a mobile phone, compared to 57 percent in May 2010.

Even with the age group raised a little higher to ages 76 and older, 56 percent reported that they own a cellphone of some kind, which is up from 47 percent in 2010. This compares to the 88 percent of all adults who own a cell phone, including 95 percent of those ages 18-29.

"Though these adults are still less likely than all other age groups to use the internet, the latest data represent the first time that half of seniors are going online," Pew wrote in a press release. "After several years of very little growth among this group, these gains are significant."

The Pew survey was conducted by telephone, with calls made out to 1,351 land lines and 903 cellphones. Of the 903 cellphones called, 410 said that their cell was their only phone they had.