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Author: The Telegraph
Published on 22 June 2011 07:00 AM

More than 20 per cent of grandparents over 60 has a social media presence, an internet survey suggests - and most of those who do are on Facebook.

A fifth of all grandparents are on a social network, a new online survey suggests. Asked “Do you have an active account on any social networking websites?”, 22 per cent of grandparents over 60 answered yes.

Of those, 71 per cent said they were on Facebook, compared to 34 per cent on Twitter and 9 per cent on business network LinkedIn.

The website asked visitors to its site to answer the question and collected results from 1,341 grandparents as part of research into how the over 60s around the UK use the internet.

Of those asked, 68 per cent said that they had joined their chosen network in the past year, and 51 per cent of those said they had done so because they were encouraged by younger people in their families. A quarter, however, said they wanted to ‘find old friends’ and a fifth said it was to ‘keep in touch with friends and family.’

The majority, 51 per cent, log in ‘once a week or more;’ while 35 per cent use the sites a few times each month.

Mark Pearson, chairman of, said “I think it’s quite a common misconception nowadays that the over- 60s aren’t as savvy as others when it comes to the internet. Anyone would love to see their grandparents online, although some grandchildren may want to censor what they say on site with this in mind.”

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