Just a few years ago, a digital divide existed between the generations. That line is long gone. Today, internet usage is consistent among all age groups, and with everyone doing the same things online: checking e-mail, paying bills, reading the latest news and weather, getting directions – and visiting social networking sites.
According to Pew Research, 47% of internet users age 50-64 use social media, an 88% increase since 2009. The growth rate for users age 65+ is even higher – 100% since last year.
The Phenomenon of Facebook
The granddaddy of all social media sites, Facebook, has a network of more than 500 million active members, with an estimated 32.5 million users age 50 and older in the U.S. alone, the fastest growing demographic.
Facebook users can share photos, videos, links, and thoughts with their friends, by posting this information on their profile page. The site also enables users to play games, join groups, review books, and “like” pages of favorite people, places, and organizations – including AARP Massachusetts. We update the AARP MA Facebook page daily with the latest news, events and activities for Bay State members and their families.
Recently, our members on Facebook commented on encore careers, and working after retirement – and commiserated about our many recent snowstorms.
We're also talking about:
- Sports and politics
- The state budget and services for seniors
- Long-term care tips and trends
- Volunteering in the community
Find AARP MA on Facebook, click the “Like” button, and you'll stay in the know about these topics and more.
How do I get started?
If you’re not already a Facebook user, set up a free profile on Facebook by adding both contact information and personal details about your life. Facebook uses this information to suggest connections for you, so the more you include could help you reconnect with your best friend from elementary school, or friends from your hometown. Check out AARP’s tips on social networking dos and don’ts.
More Web Resources
In addition to the AARP MA Facebook Page, we are now posting daily Twitter updates on Massachusetts news and information for 50+ residents. If you like to “tweet”, follow AARP MA on Twitter.