In the UK, over-50s getting online faster than anyone else

Over 50s lead dash to the internet: “The latest figures on new internet users in the UK have shown that people aged 50 or over made up the largest social group to join last year””: more than half of new users. As the article says, “Don’t knock silver surfers.” (Thanks to Twitter buddies @patientopinion and @age_uk.)

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2 Responses to “In the UK, over-50s getting online faster than anyone else”

  1. ehealthgr says:

    I wonder also. RT @epatientGR need 2 C current research abt Greek 50+s #opnHealth. In UK, ovr-50s getting online faster http://ow.ly/17YOND

  2. Susannah Fox says:

    To quote myself: “be careful when you hear people talking about how seniors are the ‘fastest growing group online’ since most of the growth comes from boomers aging in to the 65+ demographic, not people in their 80s and 90s suddenly going online.”

    See:
    http://e-patients.net/archives/2008/06/participatory-medicine-at-nih.html

    Also, such growth looks dramatic because this group lagged so far behind. Yes, they’re catching up, but they started from a low base.

    For comparison to the U.S. please see:
    http://www.pewinternet.org/Static-Pages/Trend-Data/Whos-Online.aspx

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