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Social Media and the Elderly

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Social media usage is increasing practically every day. More people are using social media every day, with over 800 million active Facebook users and over 100 million active Twitter users, and people are using social media more often.

Since 2008, the percent of people who use social networking sites/services several times per day has increased from 5% to 22%.

The Social Habit

While the younger generations are still significantly more likely to use social network sites, the fastest growth has come from internet users 74 and older. Social network site usage for that age group has quadrupled since 2008, from 4% to 16%.

Studies have found that social media use amongst the elderly can be beneficial beyond keeping them connected. One study found that older adults active on social media were a third less likely to suffer from depression.

Join the social media movement (if you haven’t already) by following LifeStation on Twitter or liking our Facebook page.

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Dramatic increase in social network usage among older adults

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Nearly half of adults aged 50-64 and over a quarter of those aged 65+ are using social networking tools such as Facebook and Twitter, according to a study just released by Pew Internet entitled Older Adults and Social Media.

For the 50-64 crowd, usage grew 88% over the past year and 100% for people 65+ compared to only 13% for users aged 18-29, though to be fair, that’s because the younger ones had adopted social media earlier.

Facebook is a great way of keeping in touch with old friends and new and Twitter is a good way to keep up on all your interests. That’s why you can find LifeStation on both of these services:

Visit LifeStation on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

LifeStation on Facebook

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

LifeStation on FacebookFacebook is just for college kids and twenty-somethings, right? Wrong. Facebook, the massive social network, has proven to be incredibly popular among people of all ages. In fact, over 18 million Facebook users in the US are 45 or over. And about a year ago, Facebook reported that women over 55 were its fastest growing segment.

Facebook has proven to be a great place to reconnect with old friends that you haven’t seen since childhood. It’s also a good place to interact with the companies that you like. And that’s why LifeStation is on Facebook. Visit our Facebook page and click the Like button. You’ll be able to read the latest news, send us your questions and comments. Most importantly, you’ll be able to share your medical alert experiences with other LifeStation customers.

Visit LifeStation on Facebook.