Due to the advancement of technology, online social tools have become a staple in the way people communicate. While younger generations are skilled with Facebook, Twitter, Skype, and other types of online social tools, seniors are becoming more and more comfortable with these applications, too.
In fact, social media can be a great way for you to connect with family and friends and stay current. Here are a few examples of how social media can help you stay in touch and be “in the know:”
Make Facebook your all-in-one tool: Families are more spread out than ever before, and it’s challenging to keep in touch with loved ones across the country. Facebook is a fantastic and complete social networking tool that allows you to share status updates, photos, videos and more. Facebook is a great way to casually keep in touch with your children and older grandchildren, and is relatively low maintenance and user-friendly, compared to other widespread social media sites.
Facebook is also one of the best way to showcase your photos. Gone are the days of crowding around a photo album full of old Polaroids — you can share your favorite vintage or brand new photos easily on Facebook for all to see. This can be a great way to share your travels and vacations with your friends and family, and to keep up with what your friends are doing.
Get some FaceTime: If you have young grandchildren who live several states away, programs like Skype, Oovoo and FaceTime could be great tools for keeping in touch and maintaining a personal presence. While phone calls are great, being able to interact with younger grandchildren face-to-face can create more of a lasting impact. It’s pretty easy, too — download your program of choice, create an account, and begin video calling your friends and family.
Introduce yourself in a new way: Many seniors move into communities in order to meet other seniors and make friends. Social media can be a great way to introduce a new friend to your life, and “catch them up” on your family, interests and experiences. Becoming Facebook friends could help highlight shared experiences, and could help you become closer to your new friends faster.