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Just a few years ago, a digital divide existed between the generations. That line is long gone. Today, internet usage is growing among all age groups, and with everyone doing the same things online: checking e-mail, paying bills, reading the latest news and weather, getting directions – and visiting social networking sites.

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According to Pew Research, 47% of internet users age 50-64 use social media, an 88% increase since 2009. The growth rate for users age 65+ is even higher – 100% since last year.

The Phenomenon of Facebook

The granddaddy of all social media sites, Facebook, has a network of more than 500 million active members, with an estimated 32.5 million users age 50 and older in the U.S. alone, the fastest growing demographic.

Facebook users can share photos, videos, links, and thoughts with their friends, by posting this information on their profile page. You can also visit AARP Maine. We update the AARP Maine Facebook page almost daily with the latest news, events and activities for Pine Tree state members and their families.

What we’re talking about:

  • Politics
  • The state budget and services for seniors
  • Long-term care tips and trends
  • Volunteering in the community
  • Fun community activities

Find the AARP Maine Facebook page click the “Like” button, and you'll stay in the know about these topics and more.

How do I get started?

Check out AARP’s tips on social networking dos and don’ts. You can choose to share as much or as little about yourself as you like.

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