Seniors Just Not That Into Logging on to Pass the Time


NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Retirees are the only demographic in America that is not becoming increasingly entranced by fun side of the Internet.

A new study from Pew Research shows that while the percentage of adults 18-64 who jump online to simply pass the time is increasing, adults 65 and over are actually becoming less interested in Internet entertainment.

Only 23% of the 65-and-over set say they go online for no particular reason, down from a high of 25% in 2009. Comparatively, 81% of young adults (ages 18-29) waste time on the Internet, a percentage that has increased steadily since 2005.

Researchers at Pew found that overall, the nation’s use of the Internet for no particular purpose continues to rise, with 58% of Americans looking for online fun regularly in 2011. In 2001, the first year the survey was conducted, only 29% of Americans reported wasting time on the Internet.

Pew attributes the upsurge to the rise of broadband connections, the increasing use of video made possible by those high-speed connections, and the explosion of social networking.

Pew’s survey was conducted from July 25 to Aug. 26 among 2,260 adults 18 and over.

Looking for some new online entertainment options? You can find a few in MainStreet’s roundup of nine ways to waste time at work!

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