With “Older Adults and Internet Use,” Pew Internet takes an in-depth look at American adults 65 and older and their use of the Internet and email. Although these adults are the least likely group to use the Internet, Pew discovered that for the first time, at least half of seniors report going online. After several years of very little growth among this group, these gains are significant. As of February 2012, 34% of Internet users age 65 and older use social networking sites such as Facebook, and 18% do so on a typical day. By comparison, 86% of internet users age 65 and older used email, with 48% doing so on a typical day. As for gadget ownership, 69% of seniors report owning a mobile phone, a rise of 12% since mid-2010, while more than half of seniors 75 and older say they own one.
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