Social media and social networks have had a profound impact on modern society. Even though it used to be something that the older generations used to steer away from in the beginning, nowadays social networks have become the essential tool for tech-savvy, ageing adults. There are many reasons why the older online audience should be active on social media, and why ageing adults should leverage this technology to elevate their quality of life in many respects.
From staying in touch to family and friends, to keeping up with current events and educating yourself on important issues, all the way to building new, even romantic relationships, there’s plenty you can achieve with the right social networks. With all of that in mind, let’s delve deeper into the reasons why all ageing adults should use social networks, and how to use them best to achieve your personal, professional, and social goals.
Reconnect with old friends
Life is a long and rewarding journey, and if we work hard and sprinkle in a little luck, we can expect to achieve many great things along the way. Over time though and as we progress to our silver years, things start falling to the wayside. The relationships we once held dear and the people we used to socialize with tend to disappear from our lives, and we tend to drift apart throughout the years. After all, everyone gets caught up in their own goals and aspirations, which might be a natural process, but it doesn’t need to be the conclusion to your friendships.
Social networks allow you to rekindle the relationships you once had with your childhood friends, and even past business partners and colleagues whom you respected and valued in your life. These people would surely be glad to hear from you again, and this would be your opportunity to build strong, lifelong friendships in a time of social isolation.
Stay in touch with long-distance family
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every generation, but it seems that the seniors and those approaching their silver years have suffered the most. Now that physical contact and socialization have become a health hazard, and the pandemic still poses a great risk to ageing adults, the best thing to do is to isolate yourself from others to stay safe. While this might be good for your physical health, it can be very detrimental to your emotional and mental well-being, especially in the long run.
This is one of the best reasons to start using social networks as an ageing adult, as these platforms allow you to stay in touch with your family members, and stay up to date on their lives. From direct messaging and video calls, all the way to simply following their posts, pictures, and videos, social networks can help you stay in touch with those near and dear to your heart no matter how far away from you they might be physical.
Seek out romantic relationships
We all need to give and receive love and affection throughout our life’s journey, no matter how old we are. Love is not something that’s solely reserved to the young, nor is it something that you should shy away from or stop pursuing when you reach your later years. That said, it can be very difficult to find romantic prospects without any form of traditional socialization.
That’s why social networks are such a powerful tool, because you can find online communities for mature dating where people of your age hang out, socialize, and are able to get to know each other in a safe and welcoming environment. Going out and meeting someone in person might be difficult nowadays, and you might not be up for it, but social networks make dating easier than ever before, especially if you’re in your later years.
Follow the right people to educate yourself
Social networks are a treasure trove of real-time information you can get with a push of a button, and this can be a good thing and a bad thing. If you choose the channels and people you’re going to follow carefully, you could get access to some amazing self-care tips that will benefit you greatly during social isolation. You can also use these channels to stay up to date on current events and broaden your horizons in many ways.
Be careful, though, because choosing the wrong channels, pages, and individuals can lead to you being exposed to misinformation and potentially harmful content. Choose wisely and when in doubt, always check the individual’s credentials and what the scientific community has to say.
Raise awareness about important issues
Finally, remember that social media is a powerful platform that you can use to raise awareness about important issues, ask important questions, and discuss a number of topics that are important to you, your community, and the world.
This is also a great way for you to find important causes to support, and even some great volunteering or professional opportunities in your area and beyond. The possibilities here are endless, so use this opportunity to expand your social circle and kick-start some impactful conversations with the digital world.
Over to you
Social networks are making a big impact on the world, and in times of social distancing, they are making it easy for older adults to overcome the challenges in the new normal. By using the right social channels, you should have no problem nurturing lifelong relationships and achieving many other wonderful goals, perhaps even finding love in this time of social isolation.