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Move Over, Kids: AARP Members Are Taking Over the Internet

Posted By Beth Carpenter On June 7, 2012 @ 4:46 pm In The Download | Comments Disabled

As if we needed much confirmation. You take us to task on our Facebook page; [1] you Tweet us links to your blogs [2]; you’re repinning our pins. [3] Every day, you tell us how you spent time learning a new gadget, or asked someone a little younger to show you how. [4] Every day, you spend more money online than any other demographic [5]. You’re playing Words With Friends [6], you’re selling your used fishing rods on Craigslist [7], and you’re starting new jobs with a little help from your LinkedIn profile. [8] When we blog about age discrimination by your employers [9], you respond with 66 strongly worded comments. Are you on the Internet? To us at AARP, it sure seems that way.


Now, Pew Internet has updated their statistics, [11] and it’s official: over half of Americans over 65 are now online. Of that 53 percent, two-thirds use the Internet every day. A few years ago, very few of you over-65 folk owned an e-book reader – now, one in ten seniors over age 65 have a Kindle, a Nook, or something like it. 

“After several years of very little growth among this group, these gains are significant.” – Pew Internet [11], June

Earlier this year, we looked at the existing statistics around how younger boomers and the 65+ used the Internet. Here’s what we came up with:

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We saw a lot of surprise on the Internet when these numbers got announced, so we asked AARP members on Twitter to tell us why they’re Tweeting.

This much we know: You can’t underestimate anyone because of their age.

What have you found useful about the Internet? 

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URLs in this post:

[1] on our Facebook page;: https://www.facebook.com/AARP

[2] links to your blogs: https://www.zillner.com/blog/i%E2%80%99m-somebody-now/

[3] repinning our pins.: http://pinterest.com/aarp_official/

[4] asked someone a little younger to show you how.: http://www.youtube.com/user/CyberSeniors

[5] you spend more money online than any other demographic: http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/161763/baby-boomers-feeding-money-into-online-sales.html

[6] playing Words With Friends: http://blog.aarp.org/2012/06/07/app-of-the-week-words-with-friends/

[7] selling your used fishing rods on Craigslist: http://blog.aarp.org/2012/04/23/spring-cleaning-what-treasures-did-you-find/

[8] with a little help from your LinkedIn profile.: http://blog.aarp.org/2012/02/11/linkedin-a-job-seekers-best-friend/

[9] age discrimination by your employers: http://blog.aarp.org/2012/02/16/a-perfect-storm-for-age-discrimination/

[10] Image: http://aarpblog.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/screen-shot-2012-06-07-at-2-31-15-pm.png

[11] has updated their statistics,: http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2012/Older-adults-and-internet-use/Main-Report/Internet-adoption.aspx

[12] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPN8MLCS57Y

[13] AARP: https://twitter.com/AARP

[14] June 7, 2012: https://twitter.com/carolekuegerl/status/210776740824481792

[15] June 7, 2012: https://twitter.com/RaysAndGymChick/status/210778735463514112

[16] June 7, 2012: https://twitter.com/ElinSilveous/status/210779832500502529

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