Approximately two-thirds of social media users state that staying in touch with friends and family is one of the major reasons for their use on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, or LinkedIn. About half of that number say that they like to use these websites in order to reconnect with old friends as well.

Out of those people who say that keeping up with family members is a major consideration in their use of social networking websites are a demographically diverse group – there are no consistent dominant trends regarding age, income, education, ethnicity, parental status, or place of residence. The only factor which may be statistically significant in the question of using social media is gender – typically, female social media users are more likely to cite family connections on social media versus male users.

Currently, roughly seventy percent of users under 50 years of age tend to use social media to stay in touch with friends – a higher statistic than users over 50 years of age. But, the number of users over 50 years of age who use social media to keep in touch is growing significantly!

In Red Deer, options are available for seniors to learn how to effectively use social media. The Lifelong Learning Council of Red Deer and Red Deer College both have options for continuing education classes to teach adults how to effectively use social media, as well as a series of other computer-related courses. Seniors of Red Deer are encouraged to sign up for these as well as other classes to learn how social media use can enhance their connections with family and friends.