Older people used social media 50 times, but it wasn’t what it should have been (new photo)
In the early 1990s, computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee released the source code for the world’s first web browser and editor. It was royalty-free, easy to use, and eventually evolved into today’s Internet.
Of course, some questioned the longevity of the technology. Needless to say, I had already built my life around other things and wasn’t bothered by “childish games”. So even these people are creating accounts and connecting on social media.
It’s very exciting that they’re trying to tame all the horrible hardware and software, but some of their attempts become pure comedy gold…at least by our standards.And the funniest one can be seen at Instagram account “Old People Facebook”.
Lack of face-to-face interaction is a major factor in older people’s use of social media. This is different from the methods young people use to establish and maintain relationships. study It was discovered by researchers at the University of Alabama (UAH) in Huntsville.
This study is the first to apply the Use and Satisfaction Framework to examine Facebook and Instagram use in the over-50s demographic, a demographic underresearched with respect to social media use. was.
“Most social media research is done with college students because they are an easily accessible demographic for convenience. I’m looking for a point,” said Dr. Sheldon, professor of communication arts. explained“That’s true across social sciences and topics. The problem with these studies is that they can’t be generalized.”
When study co-author Lynn Johnson Ware, a former graduate student in her class, came up with the idea to analyze how older people use social media, Dr. Sheldon looked at past research. He said he couldn’t find anything. For example, how baby boomers use Instagram.
“Initially, we were worried that we would not be able to find participants who were old enough to complete our survey,” she said. We have recruited participants.
“Most seniors tend to be late adopters when it comes to social media platforms,” says Dr. Sheldon.
“When Facebook was created, it was only accessible to college students. It took years for older people to start using it. Instagram is no different.”
But the elderly are slowly catching up.
The study divided seniors into baby boomers (ages 50-74) and traditionalists (ages 75+).
Both groups were more likely to cite recreation and entertainment as reasons for using Facebook, whereas socializing, travel, and real-world leisure activities were less positive for using Instagram for relationship monitoring, documentation, and self-promotion. was a positive predictor.
“Our findings show that socially active baby boomers are using Instagram to document and brag about their stories. This finding was a little surprising to us, as it advertises ,” said Dr. Sheldon.
But overall, most baby boomers are Facebook users and spend more time on Facebook than on any other social media platform.
For both baby boomers and traditionalists, higher life satisfaction was associated with less Facebook and Instagram use, less loneliness and less need for companionship. People who were less happy with their lives used Facebook to make up for the loss.
So whenever you see an older person struggling a bit on social media, don’t judge them.