Baby Boomers on Facebook
Facebook is arguably the most popular social networking web site in the world. Like other social networking sites, it connects users with their friends, friends of friends and acquaintances, until a vast network has been made for an individual. Users can also join groups with the same interests such as school, workplace, and many more.
Games and other interesting applications are available.
Virtually anything can be shared within your network — pictures, notes, status messages, and the like. From how itís generally described, it is the perfect pastime for the average 20-year-old college student procrastinating in a room.
So why does the site report show that people born in the 50’s and 60’s are the fastest growing age group in its membership ranks?
What could Facebook possibly have that could interest a generation that uses the Internet mainly for emails?
1. Facebook is undoubtedly a great way to reconnect with old friends. When you’re a Baby Boomer, chances are that you’ve only kept in touch with a chosen few of your school mates. After all, you’ve been busy raising kids and climbing the career ladder; you haven’t had the time until now.
2. It allows you to build a network and will even recommend people you may know to you. It’s a way to bond with people you haven’t seen in 25-35 years — and no matter how old you are, that’s a fascinating thing. It can be like a virtual school reunion, only you don’t have to lose weight and buy a new dress.
It’s also a way for dad and daughter to get to know each other if they don’t get the chance to spend much time together. Or they can find some common interests to bond over like with favorite movies.
Sometimes, there’s more information than you’d care to know but it’s a good way to check that your kids are still okay while they’re away at college or university.
Facebook also offers a feature that’s very useful with organizations and communities. Users can join a group that gets updated by a moderator — a helpful tool that can keep book clubs, charities, and other groups in touch with the latest news or reunions.
Business-minded boomers usually take advantage of this facility to maintain a small business by keeping their customers up to date with their latest products or services, making new connections and generating new business.
So while the two generations aren’t necessarily bonding the way they do with friends their own age, it is still a step forward. Facebook has given them a common platform where they can coexist. Who knows what great feats in the near future will push the gap closer together?
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