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Facebook bursting with over 50s

Posted on: 08/07/2009

According to a Twitter post from Leo White, Hydrant, the over 50’s are swamping Facebook.

The growth in over 55+ using Facebook went up by an astonishing 500+% in the first six months of 2009. reports that the phenomenon is ‘scarry’ in that the growth in young users is slowing down dramatically, possibly scared off by their parents and grandparents using it! I have another view.

As the economy shrinks and many are working from home, taking early retirement, or are truly interested in new media, it could simply be natural evolution. Afterall, I (am over 50), and have been using a computer to communicate in various ways for nearly 20 years. I am communicating with my peers on Facebook, not just the young people in my life.

There is room for all of us. And let’s not get into segmenting and ageism when looking at one of the most democratic forms of communications ever available to humans around the globe.


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