Every day, social media connects people from all walks of life, and all over the world. Particularly in these pandemic times, social media can be a social lifeline for people separated by quarantine. Particularly for seniors, social media may be the answer many are seeking for connection with family and loved ones both near and far.
But for people who have never attempted to use them, the various apps and networking websites can feel daunting. And fears surrounding digital safety could also feel prohibitive. The good news is, help is out there.
The AARP is only one source of tips, tutorials, and other helpful information for everything from what they are to how to safely and effectively use them. A quick search on the internet finds dozens of useful articles and tips. The 50+ folks are the largest growing group embracing smart technology such as phones and watches.
From grandparents keeping up with the grandkids’ pictures to live video chats with loved ones, social media just may be the bridge that spans what can feel like a painful separation. A bridge that will last beyond COVID-19 and continue to bring those we miss closer to home.