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The Golden Years and the Internet Age

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The Golden Years and the Internet Age

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Senior Americans (people aged 65 and older) are adopting the world of technology in greater numbers than ever before--but not too quickly. A new report by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, "Older Adults and Technology Use," shows a 6% increase from 2012 in online usage among older Americans, totaling 59%. Additionally, the report found 77% of older adults now have a cellphone, an 8% rise over last year's figures.

Wealth and education play a significant role in technology use among older Americans, with 90% of seniors who have an annual household income of $75,000-plus going online, compared to only 39% of older adults who earn less than $30,000 in a year. Only 40% of seniors without a college degree report going online, compared to 87% of older Americans who have a degree.

Another division among older Americans and internet use is age: 68% of Americans aged 70 to 74 go online; 47% of adults aged 75 to 79 report online use; and only 37% of seniors who are 80-plus use the internet. …

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