50+ Set Comfortable On the Internet

â–¶ Seniors Comfy with Web: AARP conducted a survey with GfK Group, examining the Internet and social media use of adults over 50, finding that two out of five (40%) of adults age 50 and over consider themselves extremely (17%) or very (23%) comfortable using the Internet. Other findings:

• Most adults 50+ prefer to get their news from print newspapers and magazines (40%) or through a combination of print and online news sources (26%); 10% get their news through newspaper and magazine Web sites only.

• Among adults 50+ who get their news online, one-third use cable news station Web sites and newspaper and magazine Web sites.

• The majority of those 50+ who access the Internet do so from a desktop computer (57%), 26% use a laptop, 4% use smartphones/BlackBerrys, 4% use mobile phones.

• Approximately one-quarter (27%) of all those 50+ use social media Web sites with Facebook being by far the most popular (23%). Among those who say they access the Internet, almost two-fifths (37%) use social networking sites, with almost one-third (31%) using Facebook. PRN

Source: AARP