Get Social: Seniors Using Tech To Connect
The cold weather months can be especially challenging. This can be especially hard for seniors who may not live near family or friends or are not able to get out as much as they used to. Don’t be discouraged. Thanks to technology you can stay connected. How?
Social media sites and apps are some of the most popular and powerful tools on the web. And with good reason, too! Not only do these sites provide us with thoughts, photos and videos of the people we know, they are also getting easier and easier to use. All appropriate age groups can take advantage of this, and many savvy seniors are jumping on board! According to a Pew Research study, over 60 percent of social media users are 65 or older. This generation is on its way becoming the most tech-savvy group yet.
Social media isn’t only great for connecting with younger generations—seniors are also using it to connect with each other, too! Many seniors use these platforms on a daily basis. That means they can be a great place to chat with old friends, and to make some new ones too.
Studies show that social media can be an excellent tool for reducing depressive symptoms like isolation and loneliness. Winter can be a tough time of the year—so if you don’t have social media accounts now, you may want to consider getting started.
There are lots of options out there, but a couple you may want to consider are Facebook or Twitter.
These sites have millions (or billions!) of daily users, so there is a good chance that someone you know is already using them. You can also join special interest groups or find people with like interests using the search and hashtag features.
Social media isn’t for everyone, but it might be for you! Give it a try and let us know how it goes on our Facebook page.