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Seniors Use Mobile Devices More Than You Think (Infographic)

This infographic takes a look at the fastest growing demographic using the Internet, which happens to be adults 50+! It’s official: baby boomers and seniors have caught on to the mobile times, and now make up a large share of Americans who use smartphones, tablet, the Internet, and social media. 

Here are some of the facts I found most striking:

  • Internet Use: More than 50 percent of all Internet users are more than 65 years old;
  • Social Media Use: In the 65+ age group, 34 percent of all Internet users also use social networking sites. In the 50-64 age group, half participate in social networks;
  • Tablets appear to be the mobile device of choice for older Americans. In fact, 34.7 percent of tablet users are 45 or older. In the 75+ age group, only 3 percent of mobile users own a smartphone, a drastic tapering off compared to younger age groups. The same did not hold true for tablets, with 52 percent of mobile users 75+ owning a tablet. 

I can’t say I’m surprised by this news: I know my grandma has been texting for years, and even bought herself an iPad for Christmas to add to her collection of mobile gadgets.


Baby Boomers and Seniors in the Digital Era

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Donna Schill Cleveland is an associate editor at iPhone Life magazine. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Iowa and earned her bachelor’s degree in media and communications from Maharishi University of Management. Before she joined iPhone Life, Donna worked as a staff writer for a daily newspaper. Raised by a family of tech enthusiasts, she shares her love of storytelling with a weakness for Apple products. While away from her desk, she enjoys travel, gardening and yoga.