If you haven’t gotten a friend request from your grandparents, you will soon

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Social media — once the bastion of teens and hip young adults — is getting a tremendous influx of older users. A study by Pew Research shows that while the a large portion of online users in the 18-29 bracket embrace social media, adoption is rapidly increasing among older seniors. The 65+ age group has seen the biggest gains, tripling in the last four years.

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Pew estimates that nearly three quarters of all adult Internet users spend time on social media, with nearly nine out of 10 in the 18-29 bracket and eight out of 10 in the 30-49 bracket logging in. As for the older users, six out of 10 users 50-64 are logging in regularly. Only 13 percent of users in the 65+ who went on the Internet enjoyed social media in the spring of 2009 — that figure is up to 43 percent, indicating that seniors who…

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