Positive health benefits attributed to social media make it well worth exploring.
By Jenna Harvey | July 14, 2016
Social networking sites continue to expand and become an important part of today’s life both at home and work, with recent reports noting that two-thirds of American adults are using social networking sites.
Although one would think it’s the younger generations participating in all the social networking action, usage for the 65 and older crowd is on the rise. Pew Research Center reports that 35% of Americans 65 and older are using social media, nearly tripling numbers from 2010. Why is social media increasing in popularity for older adults? Mainly, they want to feel better connected to family and re-connect with old friends.
Turns out, bridging generational connections with social media has positive health benefits attributed too. A recent research study determined that “training older people to use social media improves cognitive capacity, increases a sense of self-competence and could have a beneficial overall impact on mental health and physical well-being.”
Luckily, adults can become a social media maven at any age. And with the endless opportunities to connect, learn, and be in the know, it’s well worth exploring.
“Training older people to use social media improves cognitive capacity, increases a sense of self-competence and could have a beneficial overall impact on mental health and physical well-being.”
For adults that need help in setting up their devices, learning social media, or finding the social networking sites that fit their interests, providers likeTechStar Tutors are ready to help. TechStar Tutors employs tech-savvy college students to deliver one-on-one or group technology tutoring lessons to help adults over 50.
With so many benefits of social media, we all have a role in encouraging our parents and grandparents stay better connected with us by getting involved on social networking sites.