Social Media And Mobile Technology Essay

1508 Words Oct 16th, 2015 null Page
Throughout the twenty-first century, rapid development of digital contents, communication technology, and the ageing of the population are principal movements of today world (Guzzo, Ferri and Grifoni 2014, 8). Social media and mobile technology play a central role as a modern communication tool among several internet user groups with different purposes. In particular, the elderly users over 60-75 years old of age or ‘older baby boomers’, who frequently use a social media, are on the rise in most developed countries (Nikou, 2015, 294). In recent years, the aging population has noticeably used social network sites in their everyday life; however, there is little research to study this unique growing community. As Grande mention in his thesis (2015, 1), elderly users utilise some popular social network sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube, to stay connected with their significant people, family members, and friends. Also, active use of social media could be a great part of healthy psychological aging in the elderly user group, and a portal of information to increase their health awareness in related to prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Social media have had several effects on senior users. Although online interaction on social networking sites is an alternative choice of communication among family members and strengthens sociability of the elderly, the use of social media can have opposing effects on their sociability and general health.

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