More seniors using social media


August 31, 2010

A new Pew survey has found that the number of seniors and baby boomers using social networking sites has dramatically increased over the past year. Around half of boomers and 26 percent of seniors have started using these sites, which include Facebook, LinkedIn and Myspace.

These numbers mark an 88 percent increase in boomer users and a 100 percent increase for senior users, compared to the the amount of users in April 2009.

Why are older adults flocking to these services? The news source claims that many of them are using the sites to reconnect with old acquaintances. Half of adults age 50 and over reported that someone from their past had contacted them.

Another reason that older adults are online is because some individuals can’t easily move from their home. Those with a chronic condition are using social media to talk to distant friends and family.

The news provider also suggests that boomers and seniors are talking to children and grandchildren with sites such as Facebook and Myspace. This is an easy way for them to share photographs and updates with the family.

If you are a senior living on your own, it also a good idea to invest in a senior alert system. This can instantly connect you to family, neighbors or doctors in the case of an emergency.