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They seem to have little or no interest in communicating with people they do not know alreadyI found this comment by Suzi very interesting. and actually agree with it. I have seen my grandparents even my parents finding it difficult to mix freely with people whose background they don't know from reliable sources. I observed this in real life, and I believe this behavior will only intensify when it comes to online interaction. Although I don't have any data to support this.
As someone in this age range who just spent the week in a retirement community with her 90 year old mother......Maybe.
I am online a lot, and involved in a lot of social networking communities (this being one example). I am probably unusual for the population being a bit of a techie and involved with computers most of my life.
I do not particularly like social networking sites - but they serve a function for me that is mostly professional.
I have a few friends who are on Facebook or linked in, but not many much older than I am.
The people who are older that I know are still very much into the face-to-face or telephone aspect of relationships (and my mother writs hundreds of letters). While many older people are now using computers, it is often in very specific ways and for very specific purposes - most often to keep in touch with distant and younger family members. They seem to have little or no interest in communicating with people they do not know already.
I suspect that this will change, but not in the next year. Maybe when I am ready to retire in five years or so????