Social Media for Mature ..okay senior people
Replies: 22 - Last Post: Oct 10, 2012 6:46 AM Last Post By: textibule
Jan 29, 2012 3:09 PM
Social Media for Mature ..okay senior peopleFull disclosure ..I am 60. Does that make me a senior or "mature" or middle aged or what? I hear people my age refer to themselves as middle aged, but 120 seems kind of optimistic.
My question has to do with social media - I guess that means facebook, myspace, twitter, etc. I tried facebook and twitter a few years ago and was quickly impatient with them and have never gone back - despite daily entreaties from facebook in my email to pay attention. But now I read that according to marketing experts the fasting growing crowd of users of social media are seniors.
Is this true? Do you use social media? What kind?
And one more thing? Am I a senior at 60 and if not, what?
Jan 29, 2012 5:24 PM
1Social media: yep, I use Facebook. I catch up with grandkids, nephews, and others via their pages, and when I travel I update them all at once with a brief note. I especially enjoy the ease of posting pictures and enjoy seeing the photos posted by friends and rels. Kids being silly as they take pictures of one another can always make me smile. A senior? Definitely, if it involves a discount. Otherwise I just consider myself an old lady lucky enough to have lived to 73. People can call me whatever they want.
Jan 29, 2012 6:58 PM
2I enjoy facebook which is the only one I use. Great way to keep up with friends, family and ex-coworkers, especially now that I am retired. It also feeds my scrabble and lexelous addiction. The other ones like twitter are probably better with portable media (like smart phones) which I don't use for a variety of reasons. And as far as social media goes, Canayun and I decided the other day that the thorntree was social media ahead of its time!
The senior bit.. not sure, don't really care about the age thing unless it gets me a discount!
Jan 29, 2012 8:18 PM
Jan 30, 2012 5:27 AM
4I love Facebook - mainly for the kids and the grandchildren, and the kids' friends who used to always be around at our place, but we would never know what they are doing now except for Facebook. Also see what extended family are doing, various friends spread all over the world, etc etc. A couple of people write things like "just got up" which doesn't interest me, but you don't have to get these feeds if you don't want to.
I don't post on twitter but follow a number of people, especially kids and partners, one of whom is in the media all the time. It's amazing what I learn from these twitters - when I don't understand a reference (and there's plenty an oldie doesn't know about current interests of the young) I google it, which keeps me up-to-date (some would say why bother, but I think it stops you becoming an old fogie(sp??) who goes around saying "in my day....").
We also upload to a blog when we do a trip. I have an iphone as well as a netbook, and I must admit, I do tend to check them far more than I need to.
I'm a young and fit 61, and my husband is a young and fit 69, and we don't feel old, but as more and more friends die or get serious problems that stop them travelling, we realise that the time for doing adventurous travel is definitely limited.
Jan 30, 2012 9:38 AM
5I use Facebook, but only to find 'missing' friends. Never use it as a social type thingy, don't post on my wall and very seldom on any other wall. At first I thought it was a waste of time and space, but then I was able to find a number of friends I lost contact with years ago, especially during 5 years of fighting in my 'second' home. Also found some old school chums. Once contact is made, all correspondence is by e-mail. For me, Facebook is a great tracking facility but too public and 'chummy' for anything else. I really don't want or need everyone knowing about every little detail of my life, or even big details. I'd rather choose who knows what.
I signed up for Twitter last week, just to check it out, but found I was totally disinterested in it. Another one, Netlog, has been useful, again for contact with SI through another Netlog user. And again, after contact, correspondence is by e-mail.
I guess it's just because I prefer privacy. And, like Zosu, I like senior's discounts, as pitiful as they are here, but don't really consider age much at all (only when the joints stiffen up).
Edited by: Watsoff
Jan 30, 2012 10:05 AM
What are you doing on these pages? They are titled "Older Travellers". One thing I cannot stand is youngsters muscling in on my territory. You are not senior, mature or middle aged - more a young interloper that should not be counting the years until such time as they are old enough to contribute here. Happy travels.
Jan 30, 2012 2:51 PM
Feb 1, 2012 7:11 AM
Feb 1, 2012 5:08 PM
9Yes, i am definitely senior, at 73 and I relish every advantage I can squeeze out of it! While I do use FB for many of the same reasons as others (family, friends, games etc) I don't really post very much. I like it because I get to see what the young'uns are up to. I also will admit to having a net-book, which I took on my last trip, and loved. I have a Smart phone, which, after nearly a year, I am using more and more. It is an amazing thing, but I am slow at figuring out a lot of stuff on it. I have books downloaded on it, maps, TripAdvisor, games, Internet, FB, pictures. It is a camera as well, and you can send pictures directly to home computer or friends. I do not understand Twitter. I signed up, but there is no one in the world I really want to follow, and I can't be bothered to post myself. Re new electronic stuff: I tend to buy just before the newer version comes out (cheaper\) which keeps me one step behind, which is good because it takes a long time to figure things out. I figure if I don't keep up now, by the time I am 90 I will be totally out of it re any kind of new gimmicks.
Feb 1, 2012 6:13 PM
10I've suddenly found myself being 61!
Didn't ever think about age much but I recently realised that many of my friends have quite serious, even life threatening, health problems. Fortunately I've managed to avoid all this so far, but I eat sensibly, keep fit and have a great life. So many friends seem unhappy with their lives and have also 'let themselves go' physically with unhealthy lifestyles - not sure why, sad really.
So at 61 I don't identify with being senior. Travelling is a great leveller, you meet other travellers on the road and age never seems to make a difference.
I don't use Facebook or twitter, but not because of technological ignorance - I'm surrounded with computers and technology at work. I don't feel the need to let the wider world know all or any of my details. Guess I'll sign up when I can see a use for it.
Just need to work out how I can retire and afford to travel, the financial crisis has caused the bottom to fall out of Australian superannuation funds so my plans for retiring last year went out the window. Guess I'm not alone with that!
Feb 2, 2012 2:15 AM
Feb 3, 2012 5:19 PM
12I would feel as if my throat was cut, if I didn't check my Facebook page (and other such accounts) a couple of times a day. I have been social media savvy from the moment technology became available for me to be connected to the rest of the world. It has also been an incredible blessings when traveling! I cannot imagine life without it!
Feb 3, 2012 6:07 PM
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