Generation Gap Shrinking in Cyberspace

The stereotype is that Grandma just doesn’t understand the world of FaceBook, YouTube, or even making a simple purchase on Amazon, but according to a new research study conducted by the Pew Internet and American Life project, “The biggest online trend (we found) is that, while the very youngest and oldest cohorts may differ, certain key internet uses are becoming more uniformly popular across all age groups.”

This means that seniors are getting with the program when it comes to skill at using the internet. The 2010 Generations Report revealed that users aged 34 and above are actually more likely than those 33 and under to engage in a number of on-line activities among them visiting government web sites and finding financial information on the web.

The favorite internet activities are becoming more popular for everyone, in all age categories, including the use of email, search engines, finding out info on health issues, keep track of current events with news feeds, internet commerce including booking flights on-line, banking on-line, sharing reviews and ratings, donations to charities, and even downloading, including podcasts.

And the report has identified that pretty soon you should not be surprised if you get a friend request on Facebook from your grandma.