8 reasons for older people to use social media
The world of social media is ever-expanding as it becomes more popular and new social media platforms are created.
Research is showing that Facebook users aged 65 years and older are the platform's fastest-growing demographics (Social Shepherd, 2022).
There are plenty of benefits to using social media, here are our top eight reasons to get online:
- Staying in touch
Social media is a great tool to keep in touch with family and friends. It doesn't matter if you live miles apart, you can stay in touch and see pictures and videos from your family and friends.
- Video calls
Apps like FaceTime, Skype and WhatsApp offer free video calls. They're really easy to set up and use - another great way to stay in touch with loved ones.
- To stay up-to-date with news and current affairs
People who are active on social media can readily access a huge resource of news and information. Facebook Groups for your local area help you to keep in touch with what's going on in the area and to connect with local people.
- Re-visit an old hobby or explore a new one
There are plenty of videos and tutorials shared on social media for you to try new hobbies or watch videos of things that are of interest to you like people out fishing for example. These styles of videos or tutorials help you re-connect with an old hobby or interest but also it might encourage you to try something new. You could also join Facebook Group communities of people with similar interests.
- Gain confidence
The more you use the internet and social media, the more your confidence will grow in using it. Also, speaking to new people and forming new relationships could help grow your confidence and lessen any feelings of loneliness.
The number of people using social media to research before making a purchase has increased significantly in recent years. Social media is a great tool to check out feedback, reviews and other people's content. For example, if you were searching for a new golf club, you can search for them on Google and go on their social media but also see when other people post about them.
- Enjoy learning again
Check with your local library, council or college as they might host a variety of basic computer training courses that include introductions to using social media for beginners. A short course is a great way to develop your skills and learn as you go along. Attending a course can also be a great way to meet people and get those first few online friends to engage with.
- Sharing your voice
As an increasing number of people across the UK struggle with loneliness, social media can offer a vital lifeline. Social media is a free and easy-to-use tool. There are also a growing number of apps and tablets or phones that are made specifically for older people.
Page last updated: September 2023.