Most of us think that our seniors cannot handle their presence on social media platforms, and even if they were, it would be of no use for them.
However, Pew Research Center’s fact sheet suggests otherwise. It says that 69% of adults between the age of 50-64 and 40% of 65+ adults use social media. Moreover, you would be surprised to know that 41% of Facebook users are above 65.
So it turns out that the elderly are as likely to use social media as the young. But is it beneficial for them?
Well, seniors report that using social media has a positive impact on their lives. This is why adults living in senior living facilities should also be encouraged to use social media more often.
Here are a few reasons why social media use is beneficial for seniors in living communities:
Helps To Socialize And Build Connections
Seniors in living communities usually feel detached from their family, increasing their feeling of loneliness. This can significantly impact the health of the seniors – it can further lead to many other health issues. However, social media helps them build and retain their connection with their family, friends, and acquaintances.
Social media also allows them to stay updated with their family through photos. This makes them feel included, connected, and involved.
There is so much happening on social media all the time. So, using it can keep the seniors up to date with new developments, events, and researches in the world.
They can also get new ideas for a business, skill, or hobby via social media. This increases their overall knowledge of the world and doesn’t let them feel lost in today’s fast-paced world.
Inspires Civic Engagement
Social media has proven to be a great tool in raising voices against important issues. So many movements like #blacklivesmatter and #metoo were started on social media, quickly spread throughout the world, and made a massive difference.
Hence, with the help of social media, the elderly can also participate in such movements and be a part of the change.
Source Of Entertainment
Besides being a valuable tool to bring global change, social media can also serve a lighter entertainment purpose. Several social media platforms have the potential to keep people entertained all day.
The elderly can use apps like Instagram, Tiktok, Twitter, and Facebook to get entertained when they feel bored or lonely. They can find clips of old shows, play games, read articles, and a lot more on social media.
Retirees have a lot of free time on hand and no work to keep them busy. However relaxing that may sound, life can get really depressing if they don’t get busy with suitable activities.
For that reason, seniors should be allowed to use social media as it will enhance their quality of life.