Opinion: From our Readers - Praise for the power of social media

Great research by Fishburn Hedges on MPs' use of social media to communicate with constituents (prweek.com/uk, 1 April).

This change in attitude may foster active citizenship among younger voters, but silver surfers might well use this change much more to their advantage.

According to Age Concern, 'in 2005 three-quarters of people aged over 65 voted, compared with half of 24- to 34-year-olds and 37 per cent of 18- to 25-year olds'.

Although there is no doubt that young people access the internet more in absolute terms, it is worth bearing in mind that the growth since 2006 in recent internet users was largest in the 65-plus age group, according to the Office of National Statistics.

- Imran Khan, councillor (Horley West), Reigate & Banstead Borough Council.

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