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Few Senior Surfers Sighted

Not Internet-addicted.

The generation entering their golden years is doing just fine without making the Internet a daily part of their lives, thank you.

According to the Pew Research Center, 28% of US residents over age 65 had used the Internet in the 24 hours prior to polling in March 2009.

Daily Activities of US Seniors, February & March 2009 (% of respondents)

By contrast, 75% of people ages 18 to 29 reported the same.

Seniors don’t seem to be overly chatty, either, at least when they are on the go. Nearly three-quarters of people ages 65 and above received “very few” or no calls on their cellphones.

Type of Phone Used to Receive Phone Calls According to US Consumers, by Age, February & March 2009 (% of respondents)

That number compares to 72% of 18-to-29-year-olds who received all or most of their calls on a mobile phone.

Older Americans might not know what they’re missing—online or on mobile phones—but it doesn’t seem to be bothering them. Pew found that among older adults, happiness varied little by age, race, ethnicity—or fondness for technology.

Note: Seniors do go online for information: See The Internet Is Getting Gray.

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