Since 2010, one of the largest groups joining social media are people over sixty-five. In fact, the number of people sixty-five and over who use social media has more than quadrupled in the past seven years. Although Facebook is by far the most popular social media platform for older adults, many people over sixty-five are also discovering Twitter, Instagram, and other networks that fit their personalities and lifestyles. Chances are some of your favorite celebrities are already on social media and are using it to positively influence the world around them. For example, here are some of the top social media celebrities over sixty-five to follow.
You may know him as Sulu from the original Start Trek, but over the past few years, George Takei has become a popular and prolific social media celebrity (with over ten million Facebook followers!). He’s often funny and engaging and isn’t afraid to express his opinion on issues he feels strongly about. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.
With over three-quarters of a million followers on Twitter, Mia Farrow is trying to make the world a better place. By expressing her opinions and sharing articles about current events, Farrow is able to bring light to humanitarian causes around the globe. Follow her on Twitter.
Through social media, the prolific actor, Samuel L. Jackson, not only shares photos and tidbits about his latest film projects, he also shares thoughts and opinions about relevant social issues and charities. Follow him on Facebook.
Susan Sarandon has never shied away from difficult conversations and has been publicly vocal about her political views for decades. So it’s no surprise that she uses her Facebook page to talk to over a million of her followers about the issues she cares about the most. Follow her on Facebook.
The flamboyant singer of Aerosmith has something to say. Of course, he shares news and announcements about Aerosmith and his many other creative endeavors, but he also uses his celebrity status and social media presence to spread awareness about his non-profit, Janie’s Fund. Janie’s Fund is dedicated to bringing “hope and healing to girls who have suffered the trauma of abuse and neglect” through counseling and treatment programs. Follow him on Facebook.
Diane Keaton was recently called “The Most Underrated Celebrity on Instagram” by W Magazine. Her Instagram account is filled with beautiful, artistic, original photography taken from the elements of everyday life around her. Follow her on Instagram.
Why are so many older adults joining and using social media? If you aren’t yet an avid social media user, you haven’t experienced the benefits social media can give you. And although there are many reasons to join and be active on social media, here are some of the best reasons for people over sixty-five to get on social.
One of the primary reasons for getting on social media is that—more than likely—many of your family members and friends are on it. According to recent findings by the Pew Research Center, 69% of American adults are on at least one social media platform.
Today people use social media to stay in touch with one another the way people used to write letters or talk on the phone. Tammy Gordon, vice president of social media for AARP, concurs that in today’s society, "Facebook [and other networks] lets families stay in touch with what's going on day-to-day." And if you’re online with them, you can be part of the conversation too.
For example, here are some of the ways you can stay connected to family and friends through social media.
Not only can you use social media to stay up-to-date with family and friends, you can also connect with new people through interest groups. Facebook is filled with thousands of virtual groups of people who share similar interests as you—and you can easily join them for free and take part in the conversation and the community.
If you have an interest in something, there is a Facebook group for it. Just to give you an idea, here is a small list of the wide variety of groups you can join.
There are also many age-based groups, like AARP, as well as high school and college alumni groups where you can reconnect with friends you haven’t seen in decades! When you sign up for Facebook, look up your alma maters and reconnect with people you’ve lost with touch with over the years.
It’s important to keep in mind that online connections don’t have to stay online. In fact, one of the greatest things about social media is its ability to foster real-life connections. Not only does social media connect you with people who share your interests across the globe, it can also connect you with local groups filled with people in your area. You’ll find book groups, walking groups, local history groups, coffee groups, fitness groups, dinner groups, and political groups right in your city that you can join and then meet people face to face who share your passions and interests.
Humans are hardwired to seek out and build social connections. In fact, if we aren’t actively seeking out and maintaining positive social relationships, not only can we become depressed and isolated but our physical health suffers as well. Social media helps us maintain social connections and create new ones that can build an improved sense of wellbeing and improve our physical health.
It should be clear by now that social media isn’t just for teenagers anymore. Not only are the vast majority of Americans on social media, but many of your peers are already on it too! They’re having conversations with their loved ones, connecting with new people over shared interests, and feeling better about themselves in the process. So, what are you waiting for? Take a few minutes to join Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any number of other networks today, so you can experience all the benefits social media has to offer you.
Copyright © 2019 James C. Gunter