In the past few years, social media has become an integral part of day-to-day life, from browsing Twitter over lunch to checking Facebook in line for coffee. Yet despite being so prevalent, social media is still largely considered a youthful technology. However, seniors are in fact the fastest growing demographic on social media today. Although most people assume seniors have stayed away from social media because they struggle to manage technology, the truth is that their reluctance often stems from a lack of perceived value. But as more and more seniors sign up for Facebook accounts, it’s becoming clear that social media can be a valuable resource for seniors.
Closing the distance – As we get older, travelling becomes more of an ordeal and it can be much more difficult to make the trip to visit relatives as often as we’d like. Social media services such as Skype and Facetime give you cherished face-to-face time with loved ones without having to move from the comfort of your living room.
Daily updates – Sometimes a weekly phone call or visit just doesn’t feel like enough. When grandchildren are growing up quickly and leading busy lives, it can be easy to feel like you’re missing out on important memories every day, and that’s when sites like Facebook prove their value. At the click of a button, you can keep up with the daily activities of children and grandchildren simply by pulling up your Facebook feed. It helps to feel present and included even when you can’t be there in person.
Blast from the past – One of the great wonders of Facebook is how it can reconnect you with people you lost touch with many years or even decades ago. As you reflect back on your life, being able to find out what ever happened to the quirky neighbor kid from your childhood home or what your middle school best friend’s kids look like is a delightful and unexpected opportunity.
World at your fingertips – When your mobility is limited, it can feel like the world has shrunk to the size of your living room. Social media and the Internet bring the world to you. Without leaving home, you can stay educated about world events, research and participate in new hobbies, and access all kinds of entertainment from books to movies to old TV shows you loved when you were younger.