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Study: Americans 50+ using Internet more than ever

Thu, 06/19/2008 - 8:05am
Traci Patterson

Americans over the age of 50 are using the Internet more than ever, and in some ways they can be compared to Internet users who are decades younger, according to a new study from the Center for the Digital Future that was released in conjunction with AARP.

"The perception is that Americans over 50 only dabble on the Internet, but we are finding that they are increasingly spending time online becoming involved in robust Internet activities, such as online communities," said Jeffrey I. Cole, director of the Center for the Digital Future at the USC Annenberg School for Communication. "In specific areas, there is often little difference in use of online technology between older users and some of the youngest users."

Internet users over the age of 50 go online more frequently to check for news compared with those users under 20, the study found. And 18 percent of users over the age of 50 said that they go online daily, or several times a day, to play games, compared with 22 percent of users under 50.

But video downloads are still tools for young users, according to the study.

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