Silver Surfers: Internet Usage among Older Generations

Silver Surfers: Internet Usage among Older Generations

While older generations seemed to slowly warm to the internet, every year, more and more seniors are using it as a way to connect with friends, do shopping, get education, and even book travel. http://www.accredited-online-college.org has created an infographic entitled “Silver Surfers: Internet Usage among Older Generations”, detailing how older generations are using the internet almost as much as younger generations.
Surprisingly, 53% of Americans 65 and older use the internet. Of that 53%, 70% use it on a typical day. Individuals 47-65 typically spend 27 hours a week on the internet. And that’s not just at their grandkid’s house. 48% of seniors 65 and older own a desktop computer, and 63% of those 50-64 years of age own a desktop.
Social media is a huge draw for seniors, making connecting with friends and family easy. 27.4 million adults 55 and over use social networking to keep up with their loved ones. That means that one in three seniors use social media.
Additionally, this age group does a lot of their shopping online. 59% of seniors 50 and up have made a purchase online in the last three months, and their age group has spent $7 billion annually online. They also use the internet to book travel. 80% of luxury travel is booked online by seniors.
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Posted Feb 12, 2014
 
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