Social media refers to interactive websites and applications that allow users to create, exchange, and share information. Nearly 60% of the world’s population uses social media. The most popular social media networks are Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp, and Instagram. This type of media usage has increased significantly in the COVID-19 era.
5 ways seniors can benefit from social media
1. Connect with family and friends. Although it is hard to replace in-person face-to-face interactions, video calling and messaging are great alternatives to catch up and remain connected.
2. Source of education. Through social media, seniors can learn about various matters such as current events or their health.
3. Can improve mental health. Some studies have found that seniors who use the internet in moderation have lower stress and higher self-esteem. However, excessive use of social media can cause anxiety and depression, and lead to low-quality sleep.
4. Being part of a community. Social media provides an opportunity for seniors to join different groups where they can meet others with similar interests or health concerns. Seniors can learn from and support each other in these groups.
5. Provides a source of entertainment. Technology and social media have become important modes of communication for seniors to prevent isolation created by the pandemic.
It is important, especially for seniors, to be aware of certain risks such as scams and phishing that are involved with social media. Some privacy tips for social media include guarding your personal information, keeping your friend circle close, and using strong and different passwords for each social media account.
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This article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or diagnosis. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.