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How Baby Boomers Use Social Networking
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How Baby Boomers Use Social Networking

We all like to talk, be read, be heard, and even be followed. How Baby Boomers use social networking is really no different. It’s a means to connect socially, from down the block or around the globe. Social networking has become a huge trend with this mature generation and they are taking to it like the proverbial duck to water.

Swap Stories

Many Boomers use their social networks to tell their stories, whether they are tall tales or the latest about our kids or grand kids It’s a great way to communicate what is going on in our lives and to find out about others going through similar circumstances.

As Baby Boomers become more skillful and comfortable on the internet, they are also finding “friends” from around the globe. It’s become trendy to speak of our online communities as people we have known all of our lives and are even intimately connected with.

Share Pictures

With great pride Boomers are learning how to put their latest pictures on the web for others to see, enjoy, and even comment on. It’s interesting to note that while some pictures include their children, more and more are showing their pets or even their favorite travel destination. This gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “family album” as families are being replaced by critters and beaches.

Baby Boomers are also sharing their videos online and take great delight in providing commentary with their recordings. It’s very likely that if such stats were kept, we would find that more and more Boomers are buying cameras which allow for instant uploading to their favorite video site.

Gleeful Chatting

Baby Boomers are enjoying the immediacy of online chats and even taking full advantage of their laptop cameras. Regardless of who might be off globe-trotting, the many video or chat room opportunities means that they are always connected. This has become especially advantageous when the parents or the kids are hopping around the globe. What a great thing to be able to see or speak to them in real time…without the extra cost of a long distance phone bill.

This is also further enhanced with the advancement of cell phones and other portable electronic devices with cameras that have the ability to allow for video chats as well as texting. The smart phone in particular has become a near and dear friend to these Boomers and you will often find them upgrading to the newest gadget as quickly as the swiftly moving teenager.

Share Online Opportunities

Baby Boomers are also finding that social networking provides a great opportunity to write about and share their newest pride and joy…their website. Given the selections available to purchase and then create their own websites, Boomers have found yet another way to then share their latest post with their friends and family, which now includes those they personally know and those that they are meeting online.

While for many, social networking has come to mean social media or social business, to Baby Boomers it still means what it was intended to mean…share your thoughts, experiences, and products with anyone who is willing to pay attention, read, and comment back.

This is no longer the “age of Aquarius” but is now the “age of the electronic Baby Boomer”…and they are taking to online social media the same way they did when television first entered their lives.

Thanks for reading.


Street Talk

You forgot one, lol Talk to their kids. Only way I ever get to talk to my oldest two. :)

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  about 9 years ago
William6  

I can relate lol. My older brother (70) and I (61) accidently got in contact by nothing more than "What's this button do?" concept...We were both surprised when we started video chat having no earthly idea how we did it...When we were asked to recreate the process by our families, neither of us had the slightest idea how to make it work...we were compared to cavemen with a bic lighter. :(0)

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  about 9 years ago

Our first computer was an expensive deck of cards. Solitaire was the only game in town for a while. Thanks for reading

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  about 9 years ago
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