Social media may seem like a fad for younger generations, but Pew Research shows that 69 percent of adults are active online. In fact, 34 percent of people 65 and older use at least one form of social media. In addition, a European study found that social media improves cognitive capacity, increases a sense of self-competence and improves mental and physical well-being in seniors. You can’t argue with the social impact of connecting with others – even if it is through a computer screen.
However, the world of social media can be hard to understand. You might not know the difference between Facebook and Twitter – so how can you know what’s right for you? Here is an explanation of the top five social media platforms to help you get a better understanding of the social world online.