Social Media Benefits for Health
I’m not exactly thinking about health today. Today I’m thinking about how social media has changed the game (or at least the potential game) for us seniors. (As an aside, don’t you hate the word seniors? I’d rather be called an old fart than a senior.) The benefits from social media are still largely missed by old folks. These data are over a year old but they demonstrate that people 65+ have plenty of catchup to do to take advantage of the internet and social media. In 2009, only 38% of the over 65 population used the internet. I hope that number is higher today but the numbers are so low that each web literate person should take charge of helping some senior to learn to navigate the web for their own good.
The Internet is a social highway
The way delivery of information is evolving, people without web smarts will be severely handicapped just when they need information most. In addition, the social value of connections through the internet are priceless when mobility is impaired. Through Face book and, blogs, people can share experiences and make emotional connections with family and friends without leaving their home.
I know that I am preaching to the choir because you are a member of the elite group of web savvy people if you are reading this. Still, maybe you haven’t yet joined Facebook and connected with friends and family. If that is true- then do it now. Make some connections with friends and family. Those connections will grow almost without effort. Then visit and say something from time to time. Getting started is the hardest part.
Then help others connect
The important message today is for everyone reading this post to reach our to people (particularly seniors who are not web savvy and help them get started. Expect resistance. Expect fear. But persist- gently but firmly and help them take the first step and learn the satisfaction that can come from plugging into the web community. They will thank you later.