How are senior women using the internet?

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Margaret Manning, founder of, asked her website community of women over 60 about how they use the internet. This Huffington Post blog post tells about what she learned. Here are the highlights:

The Internet Helps Women:

    Over 60 Find Friends (New and Long-Lost)
    Create a Support Network
    Over 60 Stay Intellectually Stimulated

The same would obviously be true for senior men as well…

She closes by noting:

“One of the biggest misconceptions that I have seen over and over again since starting Sixty and Me is that people over 60 are out of touch with technology. The truth is that Boomers are a part of one of the fastest growing demographics in terms of usage of social media and other technologies. But, women over 60 are not just joining social media because everyone else is. They are getting real benefits from their time online including finding new friendships, building a support network, learning new things and having fun!”

There is quite a difference between “Boomers” and older seniors, but the power of the connections is priceless. Please comment about your experience of getting and staying connected. What surprises and challenges have arisen?

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