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of 50 Americans
use the Inte net
KEEPING UP WITH KIN ONLINE
Social-media sites connect the generations
MySpace, Twitter, and similar sites are connected to their
children online, 36 percent have linked to their grandkids,
and 73 percent have linked to other relatives, a recent AARP
survey* found. In fact, half first learned about social media
from a family member, most often one of their children.
Who says you can choose your friends but not your family?
Many older Americans are finding that family are friends:
62 percent of folks 50 and up who use Facebook, LinkedIn,
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*See the complete report, “Social Media and Technology Use Among Adults 50+,” at aarp.org/socialmediasurvey.