Connectivity Crisis in Today's Digital World Increasing Loneliness in seniors
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Connectivity Crisis in Today’s Digital World Increasing Loneliness in Seniors

April 15, 2020 | Life | By Amanda Johnson

Loneliness has always been an issue for people as they age. Children have a way of growing up and living lives of their own. As you age, the circle around you becomes smaller and smaller. Not just owing to distances but also as physical proximity is becoming rare. Even in today’s digitalised world connectivity crisis has increasing loneliness in seniors. Catching up has become a chore and even digital contact sometimes is limited owing to self – consciousness.

this shouldn’t be an acceptable norm, and you can take advantage of the internet. The biggest mistake people make is that they see the internet as articles to read and videos to watch. There are millions upon millions of people online all around the world at any given point, and they offer you an opportunity to connect with others besides your known circle. Here we’re going to provide you with some key tips on how to connect with others even if you’re talking to them on the internet.

Find like-minded people who share the same interests

The common mistake people make is that they think of the people they talk to online as distractions. They use the internet as a means of distracting themselves from what they’re feeling. In this case, people are feeling lonely and want to do anything possible not to feel that way. So, they talk to anyone and everyone they meet online. Instead of approaching finding people that way, go out of your way to talk to those who share the same interests as you do.

Seek out people who want something more than brief messages

Brief messages are good if you only want to send a few words on Twitter. Try to build relationships with people online. Send out some feelers and see if the person wants something more than a quick chat. You should also not only talk to people of the opposite sex. Let’s say you’re a guy and you are into fishing, why not seek out other guys who are into fishing as well? You’re not searching for love; all you want to do is find someone who has similar interests as you do.

Take advantage of internet phone calls and video chat

By far, the best option for free internet calls and video chat is Skype. You can use Skype on both your computer and your smartphone. Skype is free and really easy to use. The quality of the video calls is outstanding, and you can use it to talk to anyone, no matter if they’re in the same city as you or in another country.

The three things you need to do to get the most out of connecting with people on the internet are:

  1. Find people who share the same interests as you
  2. Spend more time building existing and new relationships
  3. Use software like Skype to talk to people online for free

Social networking sites and also apps are great tools for finding people. Creating lasting connections with those people take both time and effort. It’s something that doesn’t happen overnight, but it is possible to build lasting relationships online. Back in the day, people thought of the internet as a cold place where no one was able to connect on a personal level. We all now know that isn’t the truth at all. You can easily connect with others and use the internet as a means to combat loneliness.

The world needs more connectivity, more choice of talk and more reasons to engage with each other. Digital era needs to evolve further and help the world in managing loneliness. The current era of social media needs a step up further in many ways evolve mechanisms to connect based on interests, hobbies and more.

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