AARP and Microsoft released “Connecting Generations,” a research report that examines how people of all ages are using online communication and social networking to enhance their family relationships.
The report reveals three key pieces of evidence showing that online communication is bridging the generation gap:
83 percent of those surveyed (ranging in age from 13 to 75 years old) consider going online to be a “helpful” form of communication among family members.
30 percent of grandparents of teens/young adults agree that connecting online has helped them better understand their teen/young adult grandchildren, and 29 percent of teens/young adults say the same about their grandparents.
Teens agree that the computer increases both the quantity (70 percent) and quality (67 percent) of their communication with family members living far away.