How socially connected should older people be?

Social networks for seniors: This is what older people should pay attention to

For young people, social networks are as natural as food and school: 98 percent of them are active there, as a study by Bitkom Research shows.

And what about the elderly over 65? Not all of them are there - but at 65 percent there are plenty. And 70 percent of them have signed up for short message or messenger services.

After all, there are plenty of reasons for this: To get the latest photos of the grandchildren, to keep in contact with old friends, to meet new people or to find out about current events.

Security concerns and access difficulties

And yet some older people shy away from going online. Why? Two reasons for this are security concerns and access difficulties, says Nicola Röhricht. She is a consultant for digitization and education at the Federal Association of Seniors' Organizations (BAGSO). "Many older people are afraid and ask themselves: Can I even manage it?"

Often there is simply a lack of support. Many older users do not open up the networks by themselves. "In addition, the benefits of social networks are often not seen," says Röhricht. There are even networks that are specially adapted to the needs of seniors.

This includes, for example, the website The difference to Facebook and Co .: Here you not only meet on the Internet, but also in person if you wish. In so-called regional groups, users can arrange to go on excursions and meet up at regulars. "The encounter is very important to the elderly," explains Röhricht.

Social networks for seniors