Social Media and Young Adults
Social media and mobile internet use among teens and young adults.
Change in internet access by age group, 2000-2009
93% of teens ages 12-17 go online, as do 93% of young adults ages 18-29. One quarter (74%) of all adults ages 18 and older go online.
Four in ten seniors go online
38% of adults age 65 and older go online, a significantly lower rate of adoption than the general population (74%).
Adults on Social Network Sites, 2005-2009
The percentage of adult internet users on social network sites from 2005-2009. From Amanda Lenhart’s presentation, The Democratization of Online Social Networks.
Social networking site users younger than overall internet population
The proportion of age groups in the SNS population compared to its representation in the overall internet population for 2005 and 2009.
Rare Diseases and Online Resources
One in ten Americans is living with a rare disorder. The internet can be a vital source of information for people who may never have otherwise met someone else with their disease or condition.
Generations Online in 2009
Over half of the adult internet population is between 18 and 44 years old. But larger percentages of older generations are online now than in the past, and they are doing more activities online.
Generational differences in online activities
Contrary to the image of Generation Y as the “Net Generation,” internet users in their 20s do not dominate every aspect of online life. Generation X is the most likely group to bank, shop, and look for health information online.
Generations Online: Charts
This is a series of charts related to the “Generations Online in 2009” report released on Jan. 28, 2009.
Adults and Social Network Websites
The share of adult internet users who have a profile on an online social network site has more than quadrupled in the past four years — from 8% in 2005 to 35% at the end of 2008.