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Older Users (Sort Of) Overtake The Young On Facebook

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Facebook is continuing to catch on with people who aren’t currently taking classes.  Data provided by the social network indicates huge growth in the 55+ age group, and users between the ages of 35 and 54 now outnumber the 18- to 24- and 25- to 34-year-old sets.

Between January 4th and the 4th of July, there was an increase of 513.7 percent in the number of Facebook users older than 55.  This means that about 5.9 million people who admitted to nearly or already being senior citizens can be found on the site.

At the same time, the number of self-identified 35- to 54-year-olds increased from roughly 7.0 million to 20.3 million.  Facebook is only supposed to have 18.0 million and 18.1 million 18- to 24-year-olds and 25- to 34-year-olds, respectively, so a sort of milestone’s been reached.

You can see all of this data and more in the table below that iStrategyLabs put together.  Just note that the "Unknown" age category really exploded, which could mean about anything with regards to these other stats.  And remember that there’s a bigger gap between 35 and 54 (19 years) than even 18 and 34 (16 years), so this is a bit like comparing a bagful of apples to a single orange. 

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Also, it’s important to keep in mind while viewing the very last section that all growth according to age was positive.  So it’s not likely that currently enrolled students are abandoning Facebook; instead, they’ve probably just stopped mentioning their school affiliations.

Older Users (Sort Of) Overtake The Young On Facebook
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  • Magic

    maybe these stats are total bs?

    WOW LOOK a 10,905% growth of UNKNOWN people

    oooooo are they CRAB PEOPLE?

    CRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAB PEOPLE CRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAB PEOPLE CRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAB PEOPLE CRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAB PEOPLE

  • http://gadgetsnall.co.uk Guest

    mmm big question is how many use it regularly though? I signed up ages ago and then didnt use the site after a day or so, i know more who have done the same and i’m sure we arent alone.

    sign-ups are good but the proof is in how many come back.

  • http://www.KevinWebb22.com Kevin Webb

    These stats sound about right. If any one else’s parents are like mine, they originally tried our Myspace when it was still popular, but due to the sex ads, hooters ads, bikini ads, etc. they were completely turned off by it. Facebook has a much cleaner atmosphere which is more suiting to a wiser age bracket.

    My mom never even game Myspace a second look after seeing some of the ads. Now, she can actually get in and find friends without being sexed by a 17 year old t-shirt model with no pants on.

  • http://www.Facebook.View-Private-Profile.com stacey

    That’s true #1, Facebook’s much cleaner than Myspace

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