Reporting Melony Roy
By KYW Social Media Editor Melony Roy
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Is social media going gray?
According to a new study, senior citizens in the United States are finally jumping on the social media bandwagon.
A Pew Research Center report revealed that senior citizens, age 65-years and older, have tripled their presence on social networking sites from 13-percent in the Spring of 2009 to 43-percent today.
The Communications Director for the American Association of Retired Persons in Pennsylvania, Angela Foreshaw-Rouse, says she is not surprised:
“Over the last few years we’ve noticed a huge uptake, especially in Pennsylvania, with a number of members that are engaged in social media and want to learn more about it.”
Seniors have joined for the same reason most users have…to connect with family and friends.
“They are learning from local community colleges that are offering courses,” Foreshaw-Rouse said. “They are learning from friends and family members. They are learning from us here at AARP. We have several volunteers who have done training classes to AARP members.”
Facebook is the preferred platform among seniors in Pennsylvania, with 1-2 posts per day.