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Senior Citizens Taking Facebook by Storm

Over the course of the past year, senior citizens have taken to the Internet and are quickly becoming Facebook’s fastest growing demographic. According to, there are over 14million seniors using Facebook in the U.S. alone. This is a 1448% increase from 2009 and makes up for 11% of the U.S. Facebook population. To demonstrate the changing trends of seniors and Facebook, we created the following infographic:

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As this trend continues, more and more assisted living homes will start teaching their residents how to use Facebook and other social media sites. Facebook is a prime venue for senior care residents to stay in touch with friends and family, as well as get back in touch with friends from the past. This social network makes it easy to share family pictures and stay up-to-date with the goings on of grandchildren and loved ones. It is also a primary source for seniors wanting to keep their brains engaged and active, which is made possible through a variety of social games available through Facebook. As Facebook grows in popularity among seniors, it is likely that assisted living facilities and other senior care centers will have to also keep up with the times by offering computer lounges and on-site Internet cafes. Additions like this will make many assisted living facilities more attractive, provide a new venue for social activities, and help residents feel more at home and in touch with those they hold dear.

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