23/06/2011 06:22 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Silver Surfers Are Go: Fifth Of All Grandparents Use Social Networking

Silver surfers are go - fiftth of all grandparents use social networking PA

A survey has found that a FIFTH of all grandparents are now set up on a social networking site - with a staggering 71 of them tweeting.

The website polled visitors on their internet usage and used the answers given by the 1,341 grandparents to conduct research into the over-60s (or silver surfers) internet usage.

Well over half - 68 per cent - said they had signed up to their chosen social network in the past year, with 51 per cent saying they had been encouraged to do so by younger members of their family.

A quarter of the grandparents said they used social networks to find old friends, whilst a fifth said it was to keep in touch with their friends and family.

Mark Pearson, chairman of, said that whilst 'Anyone would love to see their grandparents online, some grandchildren may want to censor what they say on site with this in mind.'

Indeed! Have your kids - or you - had to rein in your online self after grandparents got on Facebook or Twitter?

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