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Study: More than half of seniors are online

June 8, 2012

Internet use among seniors has become increasingly common, and a recent survey showed exactly how prevalent it is. The study from the Pew Research Center found that for the first time, more than half of adults over 65 are online.

The study polled more 2,250 adults over 18, and as of April 2012 around 53 percent of seniors reported regularly using the internet. The respondents also signaled they sign on for a number of different reasons. The most common was to check email, with 86 percent of over-65 users saying that was their main reason for going online. However, around 34 percent are on Facebook, 18 percent of whom log on to the social network on a daily basis.

Technology for seniors was not limited to just the internet. The survey also revealed 69 percent of seniors own a mobile phone, a significant jump from May 2010 when 57 percent reported the same.

Staying connected can help seniors enjoy healthy aging. In particular, online social networks offer seniors the chance to stay socially connected even if they live alone, which can help ward off health problems associated with loneliness, such as dementia, according to The New York Times.