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 New Jersey. We update the AARP New Jersey Facebook page almost daily with the latest news, events and activities for Garden State members and their families.
Recently, our members on Facebook were able to read about state house legislation, receiving help during tax season and how to access resources for care givers.
We're also talking about:
- The state budget and services for seniors
- Long-term care tips and trends
- Volunteering in the community
- Fun community activities
Find AARP NJ on Facebook and 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 at www.facebook.com 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. You can choose to share as much or as little about yourself as you like
More Web Resources
In addition to the AARP NJ Facebook page, we are now posting Twitter updates on New Jersey news and information for 50+ residents. If you like to “tweet”, follow AARP New Jersey on Twitter.