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Facebook for the Baby Boomers

– Kathy Johnson, PhD, CMC Wednesday, April 15th, 2009


As the years pass, it often becomes increasingly difficult to maintain connections with friends and family members. In addition, health conditions that make traveling or leaving the house often can hinder these friendships as well.

However, there may be a solution to this dilemma: Facebook, one of the world’s most popular and widely used social networking sites. Facebook has recently released data proving that older generations are joining the site in huge numbers. According to a site called Inside Facebook, which tracks Facebook’s growth, Facebook’s popularity is growing most quickly among women older than 55. This is somewhat surprising, considering that Facebook first was launched as a networking platform for college and high school students. Since the founders decided to expand membership to include anyone with a valid email address, older generations have joined in record numbers. Today, approximately 1.5 million female users older than 55 have joined the site, which is a 550 percent increase over six months ago!

Facebook, or any internet tool for that matter, can be daunting at first. However, I strongly urge anyone who is living far away from friends and/or family members to create a Facebook account today. Joining Facebook can be a great way to reconnect with your children, grand kids or even great grand kids—all from the comforts of your own home. With features such as photo uploads, daily statuses, messaging and chat, it is relatively easy to stay updated other users’ daily lives.

So, if you have a computer, join today! You have nothing to lose. All you need to start is an email address and password. Don’t be intimidated by the flashy customization options; instead, stick with the basics, such as uploading a profile photo, adding friends, and messaging your loved ones.

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