GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - More and more seniors are using the internet and smart phones to help bridge the generation gap.

In fact, research shows among older adults who use the internet, 47 percent use social networking sites such as Facebook

However, experts say seniors are using the internet for more than skyping with their grandchildren. Seniors are reconnecting with people from their past and fostering relationships with family and friends.

They’re also searching for information about chronic diseases they face. Social Media Breakfast -Minneapolis/St. Paul Director Mykl Roventine shared some insights on social media trends among seniors on KARE 11 News at 11 a.m.

Recent studies show 35 percent of all those 65 and older report using social media in 2015 compared with just 2 percent in 2005. That's more than triple what was reported in 2010, when only 11 percent said they were social media users.

The vast majority of seniors that use smart phones (82 percent) described their smart phone as "freeing."

The AARP offers tips for older adults on how to best use technology and social media on their website.