Posted by: sytsma6 | March 4, 2011

Old People Do Use Social Media

Wanting a new angle for this week, I stumbled across this interesting study conducted by AARP: http://www.aarp.org/technology/social-media/info-06-2010/socmedia.html

The survey was conducted on a national scale using the telephone. Only adults age 50+ were allowed to be participants. Some interesting highlights: Over half of the participants access the internet via desktop computers and 27 percent of them said that they use social media. The most surprising finding in my opinion was that only 4 percent of the subjects acknowledged using a blackberrie/smartphone. Then again, there are people out there like my grandparents, age 70+, who are scared to use the internet at all. Sometimes you really can’t teach an old dog new tricks.


Responses

  1. AARP is coming out with some very interesting information about the 50+ crowd and social media. This video, created by AARP shows that seniors are the fastest growing social media users.

    While they may be accessing social media on their desktop computers, they are learning quickly. I think of my own mother, who two years ago couldn’t text to save her life. She’s 52 and now has an iPhone 4, Facebook and a Twitter. The 50+ generation is not a crowd to be ignored by companies and organizations diving into social media.

  2. OMG! I’m OLD?!?!??!?!?!

  3. I think it is awesome that the oder generations are getting their hands wet in the social media world! Personally, my grandmother has a Facebook and she is over seventy years old. At first I was wary of her being present on this space, however, I realized it is so beneficial to her as she currently lives alone and is looking for a way to keep connected to the modern world and news – as well as feel present in all of her 16 grandchildren’s lives. By reading status updates and posts, she often knows more about whats going on in my life than my parents do. More power to ya, Granny!


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