6 Reasons Why Seniors Should Make More of Social Media

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6 Reasons Why Seniors Should Make More of Social Media

Sep 27, 2017

You know the names: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube. They’re seemingly everywhere and used by seemingly everyone.

In fact, according to the Pew Research Center, social media is becoming increasingly important for seniors. From 2013-2015, social media use by Americans 65 and older increased from 27% to 34%.

Younger senior citizens were more likely to use social media, with a Pew research study finding that 45% of those under 75 do so, versus 20% of those 75 and older.

Elderly looking at their phone screen

Pew added social networking use is common among seniors with some college experience and an annual household income of at least $50,000.
Studies also that show social media has become helpful in reducing isolation, loneliness, and other depressive symptoms.

Still, many seniors don’t use social media. And that’s unfortunate. Because social media offers many advantages.

Following are 6 reasons why you should make more of social media.

1. Get connected
Social media gives you the opportunity to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. It’s a simple, entertaining way to learn about what your friends and family are doing—and let them know what you are doing. Sharing experiences is a great way to cement bonds with family and friends.

2. Be entertained
Where else can you see a cat playing the piano, a man juggling a running chainsaw, and a concert pianist playing Bach—all for free? On your phone, on your computer, on your tablet. That’s entertainment!

3. Stay informed
Social media provides a powerful source of news and information. With a simple click, you can learn the latest in politics or the history of China—and so much more. Twitter is great for finding specific news sections you want to follow. Social media helps you get in the know.

4. Have your say
Everybody has an opinion. Social media provides a way to make your voice heard and engage in discussions with people who may (or may not) agree with you. Of course, the first rule in social media: be polite!

5. Check out deals
Social media often runs ads targeted to your particular likes. It also frequently offers special deals to encourage you to purchase.

6. Watch for classes and events
Are there any interesting classes or events being held nearby that might interest you? Social media will tell you where they are and when to go!

If you aren’t using social media, look into it. We think you’ll find it fun and informative.

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