The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project has been tracking our online habits since 2005, and they've got a shocking discovery to share: we're all addicted to social media.
A Pew study has found that 72 percent of adults who use the internet are also active on social media websites. A massive 89 percent of internet users between the ages of 18 to 29 are on Twitter, Facebook, or other social networks. But these websites aren't just for hip young things posting selfies anymore. Whereas four years ago only about 13 percent of those 65 and older were using social networking sites, today that number has reached 43 percent — and it's growing rapidly.
Before you hit "Ignore" on your older family members' friend requests, consider this: A study of American families found that kids who were connected with their parents on Facebook and Instagram had better relationships with them and had fewer behavioral issues. Another study even suggests that using social media can help older adults fight off depression and disease.
So, it seems that there's no use trying to keep the Greatest Generation off "the Facebook," but we do hope someone will give these grandmas a gentle tutorial of the dos and don'ts of social networking: