Social media has become a pretty common part of our daily lives now. People are often on their phones in public, scrolling through their news feeds or posting about what they’re up to. Although it’s become another detail in our daily lives, social media is still relatively new.

For this reason, seniors might be unfamiliar or uncomfortable with social media and how it works. Although some seniors have started to adapt and have become fond of social media, others are unsure about what the benefits would be.
If you would like to share with your loved one what some of the benefits are of social media, here are some examples:

It provides a way to stay connected with old friends and distant family members. Through social media, you’ll be able to see what your loved ones are posting and will be able to send them messages. It will be a great way to stay in contact a little more consistently instead of just a phone call every couple weeks or so. Loved ones will also be able to share with you articles or photos they think you might enjoy.

It’s a great way to share photos and keep up with what others are up to. Even if you live far away from your grandkids or from old friends, you’ll be able to see how their lives are changing and what they are up to now. You also will be able to post photos reminiscing about past events and sharing what you’re currently up to.

Social media is also a great way to connect with new people who share similar interests. Now, make sure you explain to your loved one that it is safe as long as it done correctly. They can join groups or follow people that discuss their interests.

Lastly, social media can be a great way to learn about new things. Following news outlets can keep you updated on what’s going on around the world. Joining Pinterest and following accounts that share tutorials can teach you a variety of new skills. Or you can pretty much follow anyone or anything else you’re interested in.

There are a lot of benefits to social media, as long as you know how to use it. So take an hour or two and explain the basics to your older loved one. He or she will be very grateful.