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Seniors prove WeChat is not just for young

By Cao Yin and Zheng Jinran (China Daily) Updated: 2015-04-02 07:44

Zhang Yunmei's family members did not return home for Spring Festival, but she says the celebration was still full of love thanks to WeChat.

"I knew my son and granddaughter had a wonderful holiday in Singapore because of WeChat, I was moved when I watched the videos and photos they sent me," said Zhang, 52, who is retired and lives in Hebei province. She formerly ran small businesses in Shijiazhuang, the provincial capital.

She uses WeChat, the country's most popular instant messaging tool, to keep in touch with her son, who lives in another city in the province.

"I like to send him voice messages because it's cheap and convenient," she said. "I also use the Moments feature to share pictures and text with friends."

Zhang is not alone, as many members of her generation are demonstrating. According to a new survey, nearly 70 percent of people aged over 50 in cities surf the Internet, and more than 25 percent regard the Web as their major source of information.

The survey was conducted by Horizonkey, a Beijing-based consultancy company. The researchers found that 67.2 percent of more than 1,300 participants aged over 50 use the Internet, spending almost three hours a day online on average.

"More older people would like to embrace the Internet, and the number of users is rising," said Wang You, the executive responsible for the survey. "They use it to obtain information and contact their children

"The Internet has also become an entertainment platform for retired people, who listen to music and watch videos online."

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