Believe it or not, social media is one of the most powerful tools for seniors. Through websites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, you're able to keep up with your loved ones, stay up to date on the latest breaking news, and get involved in a variety of community events.
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Social media truly is a beautiful gateway to reconnecting with those who matter most and fostering new social connections. In order to get the most from such platforms and how they can enhance your lifestyle, it's important to familiarize yourself with the tools and features social media offers.
Social Media User Guide
- Hashtags (#) are how you find posts you're interested and share your posts with others on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. You can hashtag keywords in your posts and search hashtags, as well.
- At (@) is how you tag users in a post by their username. It notifies them that you mentioned them, and it also notifies them whenever someone else likes or comments on the post.
- Tagging photos are how you indicate who is who on a photo and notify the person photographed that it was published online. It's also how others can represent that you're in a photograph.
- Friends/Followers are the people who can see your posts in their feed.
How Social Media Can Enhance Senior Living
Social media is a useful tool for many things that come up daily in the life of a senior, such as:
Stay Connected With Loved Ones
Social media is a wonderful tool for rekindling relationships with relatives far and wide. You can keep up with what your siblings, children, or grandchildren are up to through their photos and newsfeeds, like and comment on their posts, or send them instant messages. You can also share posts from your own life to let your loved ones know what you're up to.
Often before breaking news makes headlines or hits the TV screen, it's already trending on websites like Facebook or Twitter. It's the fastest, most convenient way to keep up with what's going on, both locally and globally. You can receive real-time updates, comment on news stories, and share them on your own page, as well.
Community Events and Senior Groups
There are a boatload of community events and senior groups on Facebook that you can read more about and sign up to participate in. It's a fantastic way to get more involved in your community, meet other seniors, and make new friends - which you could add as a friend or follow online to keep in touch with!
Nourish Your Brain
Social media is a highly effective tool for exploring a subject you're interested in and want to learn more about it. Whether you're interested in sports, cars, sewing, painting, science, math, politics, literature, playing an instrument, etc... There are hundreds of online communities with like-minded individuals sharing their personal knowledge and experiences in the field.
YouTube is another great platform for learning. There are an exponential number of videos here from professionals from far and wide speaking on just about every subject under the sun. The beauty of YouTube is it's diversity: if you want to watch a lecture, there are plenty of lectures to view. If you prefer shorter videos, or animated videos, they have those, too!
One of the driving forces behind social media is entertainment. Whether you're looking to watch stand-up comedy, skits, animations, or vlogs, YouTube has you covered. Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are also brimming with funny images known as "memes" that'll make you laugh out loud.
Social media has the ability to help you grow meaningful, interpersonal connections, stay educated, and it offers hours of endless entertainment. It is truly the fastest, most efficient way to keep up with loved ones, breaking news, and nourish your brain by learning something new.
Understanding key tools like hashtags, at signs, and tags, you can utilize social media to positively enhance your life.
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