Tweeting, redditing, posting, sharing… have you caught the social media bug, or do those buzzwords make you nervous? Social media is everywhere these days, but many seniors stay away because it seems like something just for teenagers. But wouldn’t it be nice to reconnect with childhood friends and keep in contact with your friends across the country?
Social media has become an integral part of today’s society, connecting people, communities, and organizations all over the world. Ideas spread quickly, and you can learn about people from all different walks of life from the comfort of your own home. It is important for the modern senior to remain connected to the world around them, and that’s why we encourage you to start using social media.
You do not have to worry about being the only older adult on social media, not by a long shot! Pew Research reported in 2014 that social networking among internet users 50 and older has reached 65% and continues to grow. The Baby Boomers are a large part of the population, and we are holding our ground on the internet scene.
Social media is a great way to stay in touch and informed on what’s happening in the world at large. These days you can hone in on what’s happening in and around your neighborhood or spend time with a community of people that share your specific interests. Almost every organization has a social media presence these days, lowering the traditional barriers of communication. Every type of person, idea, belief, society, and company is immediately available at your fingertips.
The more involved you are on social media, the easier it is to stay involved in the lives of your loved ones. You might not be able to stay in consistent letter-writing contact with them, but on social media you can always peek into their profiles. You can see what they are up to and comment on the things they share. You will find that your family, previous classmates and co-workers are a whole lot closer to you than you think. Social media is a whole new way of keeping in contact.
You never know what amusing things you will find on the internet. Maybe your friend regularly shares online articles illustrating new crocheting techniques. There may be a group that supports your favorite revival rock band and you follow them to find out when they are playing live in your community. Or perhaps you will just turn on your favorite cat videos at the end of a long day for a good laugh.
We encourage the modern senior to make the most of social media. You can share experiences, view life-enriching content, and receive advice online. There is so much to learn and a host of different perspectives to consider. You will not regret feeling more connected to your family, friends, and the world around you. Plus, if you need some help, you can always spend some quality time with your tech-savvy grandchildren.