While young people in the United States have grown up using technology and spend a substantial part of their lives online, people from older generations are not what we often refer to as “digital natives”.
A record 46 million seniors live in the United States and many of them are still disconnected from the digital world. However, according to the Pew Research Center, technology adoption of Americans aged 65 and older is on the rise. 67 percent of U.S. seniors now use the internet, up from just 12 percent in 2000.
As our chart illustrates, older Americans still trail the overall adult population in terms of tech usage, but the digital gap is no longer as pronounced as it used to be.