You shouldn’t be on Facebook (or Twitter or Pinterest or any social network) because a friend or family member said so. Do it for yourself – because you think it will be worthwhile.
According to an October 2015 report from the Pew Research Center, 35% of seniors age 65 and older use social media today (compared to just 2% in 2005). And there are a number of reasons why seniors are finding social media more attractive.
Benefits of Social Media for Older Adults
- Reconnect with the past. The Pew research showed that social networking users are much more likely to reconnect with people from their past and these renewed connections can provide a powerful support network.
- Find online support for health problems. Through networking sites such as PatientsLikeMe, seniors can find both practical information and emotional support.
- Bridge generational gaps. The children and grandchildren of older adults use social media to document their daily lives through photos, videos and updates. Social media provides a place for the generations to easily intersect and communicate.
- Share what you know. Do you have a wealth of information about a specific topic, like gardening? Pictures of your zucchini? Advice about getting rid of hornworms. Social media is the perfect place to share it – whether it’s with friends on Facebook or other gardeners on Pinterest.
- Be entertained. Get a good laugh from a funny video (see the oldie but goodie below), read a blog post, play a word game with a friend in another state (or country!), or listen to music.