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During the rest of October we will be doing posts relating to National Information Literacy Awareness Month and how you can increase your information literacy. In today’s post were looking at how to be smart about passwords. InfoLiteracy

There is a saying that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but the saying proves false when it comes to older Americans and Internet use. While they still lag behind the numbers of the general population, the percent of older Americans who reported they went online once a week jumped up 6% from last year to a new record of 59%. Once seniors start going online they tend to be very active. Smart phones hold the least interest from them, but cell phones are widely used. Social media doesn’t hold a big appeal, but reading devices like tablets and e-readers hold more interest (probably because they are light to hold and they can easily adjust text size).

There are two main groups of seniors, one who is more affluent and better educated and one less affluent and educated. The more affluent the more likely they are to go online regularly and use things like social media. Older adults who don’t get involved online tend to have three reasons; physical challenges to using technology, skeptical attitudes about the benefits of technology, and difficulties learning to use new technologies.

Read more about it in this report from the Pew Foundation:

http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/04/03/older-adults-and-technology-use/

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