The Importance Of Social Media And Social Networking

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Throughout the twenty-first century, swift development of information and communication technology and the ageing of the population are both principal movements of the world, mainly in developed countries (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 individuals over 60-75 years old of age or ‘older baby boomer’, who frequently use a social networking sites, are on the rise in most developed countries (Nikou, 2015, 294). In recent years, the aging population has significantly used social network sites in their everyday life; however, there is little research to examine this unique …show more content…
Social networking can be useful for the elderly users as a gateway of various digital contents related to physical and mental health. As mentioned by ChrysMarie (2013), the use of social networking sites and other social technologies can influence the elderly users’ decisions on health-related issues. For instance, they, as health care consumers, are more interested in health articles, news, tips, blogs or video which are posted on their Facebook and possibly repost them to share in their networking. This way they can be more aware of their own health. Also, it encourages the elderly users to look after themselves and understand any warning signs of diseases or disorders before making the decision to see their doctors or other health professionals. Moreover, social networking such as Facebook can be ‘an effective enhancement therapy’ for people who have mild depression and receive online support from their Facebook friends. They consequently have higher self-esteem and sense of well-being (Pereira, 2014, …show more content…
With increasing use of social networking sites, not only younger users can be bullied, intimated, or harassed online, but the elderly users also can be unfortunate victims and may suffer from depression and anxiety due to the bully. Even though most of the senior users are quite stable emotionally, fully aware of self-concept, and understand the existence of social bonds, they could feasibly suffer from cyber-bullying to some extent. Unlikely, adolescent users who are inexperienced in life, emotionally insecure, and have low self-esteem, could be more depressed than mature

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