- 76% of Older Boomers use the internet.
- 58% of the Silent Generation use the internet.
- 30% of the G.I. Generation use the internet.
- 44% of the Silent Generation have searched for financial information and this percentage is higher than for any other age group.
- All three "older adult" age groups have greatly increased their use of social network sites - with the percentage of the G.I. Generation who use Social Networking sites increasing from 4% in 2008 to 16% in 2010!
- 76% of Older Boomers get news online.
- Email is the top online activity for all "older adult" age groups, followed by "search", and then "finding health information".
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Pew Internet has published the results of their Generations 2010 report. This report was based on a telephone survey of 2,252 adults, which asked about American's use of the internet. This report had three age categories for older adults: older boomers, ages 56-64; the Silent Generation, ages 65-73; and the G.I. generation ages 74 and above. Here are some of the highlights of the report which concern older adults: