Staying in touch with loved ones seems to be more challenging as of late. However, while social distancing remains in effect, modern technology provides more opportunities to connect with others than ever before. And this includes senior-friendly technology that can fit into any budget. If you are a senior who is looking to keep in touch with your closest friends and family members, here are four simple, cost-effective ways you can do just that:
The most essential form of technology you can have for communicating with others is a smartphone. The Apple iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, and pretty much any other smartphone on the market allows you to call, text, video chat, and more. And most of the higher-end smartphones come with at least one cost-effective version.
Perhaps the best part about smartphones these days is that they are easy to use, regardless of how much experience you have with using technology. And they are very intuitive; most models even offer voice recognition. Smartphones are the best option for making traditional phone calls and using text messaging.
Along with smartphones, tablets and laptops are great devices for seniors to have handy. These devices are ideal for video chat because of the larger screen. And you can easily find budget-friendly tablets and laptops, especially from companies like Lenovo. Moreover, you can deepen your savings by using discounts and cashback offers.
- Social Media
Not very long ago, social media was primarily used by younger generations. But that’s not the case anymore. More seniors are engaging on social media platforms like Facebook. Such a platform allows you to share and view photos, stay in touch with family, reconnect with old friends and colleagues, and much more. You can even create and join private groups. That way, you can choose whether to post certain content on your public page or with just a few close friends and family members.
- Video Chat
Video chat is the closest thing to interacting in person. In other words, it’s by far the best technology for staying connected to the people in your life. And you can use video chat whether you have a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer. Skype and Zoom are a couple of the most-used video chat apps on the market because of their ease of use and video quality.
Additionally, any smartphone on the market will allow you to use video chat without downloading any extra apps. For example, the iPhone features FaceTime, which works exactly like a regular phone call except for the camera on your phone and the other person’s phone are activated, which allows you to see each other while talking.
Yes, that’s right. Email is still an effective way to keep in touch with family and friends. One of the best parts of using email is that each person can participate on their own time. That is, you and your loved one don’t have to worry about scheduling a time to talk or feel obligated to answer when it’s an inconvenient time. Whether you want to share videos or other links, send out a family newsletter each week or month, or simply drop a line to tell someone that you’re thinking of them, email is a great platform for staying connected.
Fortunately, we live in a time when technology provides several ways for us to keep in touch with important people in our lives. Be sure to look into the various devices that can help you communicate with those whom you can’t see in person, and give social media, video chat, and email a try. In no time, you’ll be living your best social life, even if it’s from afar.
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