Why seniors need to be on social media

Seniors from all over the world are connecting over the internet and loving it.  Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Reddit are no longer just the playground of the young.

Have you been putting off creating social media accounts? You are missing out on some of the amazing things the internet has to offer. Read on to see the top 9 ways seniors can enjoy social media.

  1. Keep In Touch With Family

Your granddaughter is always posting pictures of her life. If you stay away from social media, you are keeping yourself out of her life.

Creating an account is fast. Soon, you will see your family’s accomplishments float by on your screen. Also, make sure to try out video calls. You can talk to your grandchildren face to face without being in the same room! Social media makes it easy to stay connected to your family.

  1. Find Long-Lost Friends

You’ve wondered what happened to your college roommate, high school best friend, and your first love. But you never thought you’d see them again. Now with a simple search you can reconnect with those long-lost friends.

Just log in and see what everyone’s up to. Drop them a note and they will see it as soon as they go online. You won’t believe how many friends you will find on social media from the old days!

  1. Make New Friends

Do you wish you had a friend who shared your love of astronomy? Would you love to join a community book club? No matter your hobbies, there is a place on the internet for you. You can find active communities where people share their ideas and stories. Go ahead, just jump into a conversation or two. Soon you will have new friends from around the world.

  1. Follow A Few Of Your Favorite Things

Your favorite businesses and brands are all on social media. Learn when their best sales are by following them on Facebook or Twitter. You never know when they will release a freebie or discount! Check out your favorite bands as well. You can stay up to date on their tour dates and newest songs. Other things you can follow include your favorite authors, politicians, and celebrities.

  1. Create a Support Network                                        

We all need a little help sometimes.  On social networks it is easy to find a listening ear or a helping hand. It is a built-in support network of people who care about you. Dealing with as specific problem? You can find empathy and advice from people who have been in the same situation. It is comforting knowing you are not the only one. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

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  1. Learn Something New

There is an incredible amount of knowledge on the internet. It is a fantastic place to learn. And learning is great for keeping your brain sharp. Start a new hobby, or learn more about your favorite things. Anything you want to know is right at your fingertips.

  1. Share Your Knowledge

You’ve gained a lot of knowledge in your time, so why not share it? You can mentor others in the subjects you know best. You can answer specific questions people ask. Or you can start a blog and write about your life. The internet is the perfect place to share what you have learned.                                                                                                                                                        

  1. Be Entertained

There is no shortage of things to do on the internet. There are puzzles, games, TV shows, books, and movies. You can keep up with today’s content or find your favorites from the good old days.With smartphones and tablets you can access your favorite things from everywhere. No more boredom in waiting rooms!

  1. Find Work

Social media is full of opportunities for the retired. Pensioners can mentor others in your field or work part-time. Post your resume online for people to find you, or go searching yourself. You can even work from home. Keep volunteering in mind too – it is a great way to stay busy and it helps out your community.

Social media is the place to be on the internet today. Take a chance on it. You won’t regret being more in touch with friends, family, and the world around you.