Seniors learn how to use social networking applications on their smartphones at a class organized by social workers in the Huayuanzhabeili neighborhood in Beijing on March 30. Wang Zhuangfei / China Daily
Silver surfer refers to the population of individuals over the age of 50 who utilize the internet on a consistent basis.
The number of older users has increased dramatically over the past several years due to their being more accustomed to the technology.
Research shows that the silver surfers are spending a majority of their time using search engines and online shopping sites.
Other sources indicate that this growing trend among the older population is due to the increase in use of social networking sites to stay in touch with family members or close friends that live far away.