More of Us Are Online

The latest report from the Pew Internet and American Life Project confirms that more Americans of all ages are online and they doing more activities online.

  • Generation X is the most likely group to bank, shop, and look for health information online.
  • The biggest increase in internet use since 2005 is the 70-75 year-old age group. 45 percent of that age group is currently online, and doing more activities online.
  • 74 percent of Internet users age 64 and older send and receive email, search and look for health information online.
  • 89% of teens used e-mail in 2004; now, just 73% currently say they use e-mail.
  • Teens and Generation Y are more likely than their older counterparts to seek entertainment through online videos, online games, and virtual worlds, and they are also more likely to download music to listen to later.
  • 78% of 12-17 year-old internet users play games online
  • Generation X continues to lead in online shopping and online banking
  • Downloading videos is now being done more equally across all generations under 73 years old.
Generations Explained 
Generation Birth Years Ages in 2009 % Of Total Adult Population  % Of Internet-Using Population
Gen Y (Millennials)

1977-1990

18-32

26%

30%

Gen X

1965-1976

 33-44

20%

23%

Younger Boomers

1955-1964

 45-54

20%

22%

Older Boomers

1946-1954

 55-63

13%

13%

Silent Generation

1937-1945

 64-72

9%

7%

G.I. Generation

<1936

73+

9%

4%

Source: Pew Internet & American Life Project December 2008 survey, February 2009

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