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Roughly two-thirds of those aged 65 and older go online and a record share now own smartphones – although many seniors remain relatively divorced from digital life
A record 46 million seniors live in the United States today, and older Americans – those aged 65 and older – now account for 15% of the overall U.S. population. By 2050, 22% of Americans will be 65 and older, according to U.S. Census Bureau projections.1
At the same time America is graying, a recent Pew Research Center surveys found that seniors are also moving towards more digitally connected lives. Around four-in-ten (42%) adults aged 65 and older now report owning smartphones, up from just 18% in 2013. Internet use and home broadband adoption among this group have also risen substantially. Today, 67% of seniors use the internet – a 55-percentage-point increase in just under two decades. And for the first time, half of older Americans now have broadband at home.