Social Media Use by Age Group Over Time

The percentage of online adults who use social networking sites has steadily risen. As of January 2014, 74% of all online adults use social networking sites. For adults ages 18-29, 89% of them use social networking sites. For adults ages 30-49, 82% of them do. For adults ages 50-64, 65% of them do, and for adults ages 65+, 49% of them use social networking sites. For more detailed information, refer to our social networking fact sheet.

Social Media Use by Age Group Over Time

All internet users Ages 18-29 Ages 30-49 Ages 50-64 Ages 65+
2/1/2005 8 9 7 6
8/1/2006 16 49 8 4 1
5/1/2008 29 67 25 11 7
4/1/2009 46 76 48 24 13
5/1/2010 61 86 61 47 26
8/1/2011 64 87 68 49 29
2/1/2012 66 86 72 50 34
8/1/2012 69 92 73 57 38
12/1/2012 67 83 77 52 32
5/1/2013 72 89 78 60 43
9/1/2013 73 90 78 65 46
1/1/2014 74 89 82 65 49

Pew Research Center