Social Networking Experiences a Great Migration of Maturity
Nearly half of 50- to 65-year-old Web surfers now network online, up from last year's total of 25-percent. The number of them who do so on a daily basis jumped from 10-percent to 20-percent. For online people over 65, the number of networkers doubled from 13-percent to 26-percent, while the segment of daily users climbed from a paltry 4-percent to 13-percent. Pew maintains that "e-mail is still the primary way that older users maintain contact," but many "now rely on social network platforms to help manage their daily communications."
This burgeoning reliance on Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and other similar services poses two significant dilemmas, though. Obviously, folks who don't want Grandma to see the pics from last Thursday's 'Jersey Shore' drinking game will have to tediously readjust their complicated privacy settings. And -- more importantly -- given the recent rise in senior citizen sexting, how exactly do we keep the pictures from Grandma's 'Matlock' drinking game off of our feeds?