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More seniors are using social media

By Wil Payton

If you think that seniors are hesitant to harness the benefits of broadband then don’t tell that to folks like Florence Detlor. At 101 years old, she's been named by Facebook as the oldest of its 900 million registered users.

Just log on to Facebook or Twitter these days and it is not unusual to notice families having a multi-generational chat.

Below is a portion of a CNN Tech article about older users flocking to Facebook and Twitter:

"Young adults continue to be the heaviest users of social media, but their growth pales in comparison with recent gains made by older users," said Mary Madden, a senior research specialist with the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project and author of the report.

"E-mail is still the primary way that older users maintain contact with friends, families and colleagues, but many older users now rely on social-network platforms to help manage their daily communications."

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