Benefits of Social Media for Seniors

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Increasingly, seniors are turning to the internet as both a tool for everyday use, keeping in touch, and entertainment. As a result, many seniors are also turning to social networks like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest and many others. Thinking about joining Facebook, or want to convince a loved one? Here are some reasons to get on social media!

1. Keeping in Touch with Loved Ones
Social media is a great way to keep in touch with family and friends. Communication has never been easier with those who live afar. Most social media networks have a chat function, allowing to message other users. With Facebook in particular, you will be able to see when your loved ones post an update about significant events in their life.

2. Finding Work or Volunteer Opportunities
Are you looking for an opportunity to help others? Perhaps you’re looking for part-time (or even full-time) work? LinkedIn and other professional social networks are aimed at recruiting and advertising work opportunities.

3. Sharing Photos and Experiences
Want a fast and easy way to share photos? Or maybe you’ve been writing something (poetry, a short story) that you want to share? The ability to share information becomes much easier with social networks like Instagram and Facebook. It’s also great for seeing what people are paying attention to in the news, or sharing articles with friends.

4. It’s Fun and Keeps You Connected
Research has shown that social media can actually help reduce depression symptoms and feelings of isolation. This in part is likely due to the fact that keeping active online helps people foster a sense of connectedness. Additionally, if you have mobility issues or live alone, it’s a great way to keep engaged.

Why not give it a try? You might find it’s the right fit for you!