Tech savvy seniors take on social networking

By: Alex Hambrick Email
By: Alex Hambrick Email

Social media and Skype calls span the generations and local seniors said its a great way to stay connected with their kids and grand kids. Three local ladies said the transition from call operators to face time calling was easy.

"Oh I love it I like it, I feel like I can keep up with more things more kids that way and more people," said life-long Grand Junction resident Martha Johnson.

Johnson's sister Catherine Dere said without Skype it would be hard to stay as close with her daughter in Australia.

"It's great, she's even showed me around her home before with her Skype," said Dere.

Third sister Joy Self said her knowledge is limited, even though she's grown fond of her iPad.

"Catch up on what everybody else is doing everyday, everyday I check and see what the kids are posting and I have a great grand child in Michigan that I watch grow," said Self.

Johnson said not everyone in her life is on the internet bandwagon.

"My husband, hahaha, he just stays away from it," said Johnson.

Self said when it comes down to it, Facebook and Pinterest are just more fun.

"Well I feel like I should be cleaning house but that's not what I want to do, so i do what I want to do," said Self.

According to a recent study by the Pew Research center, 53% of American adults over the age of 65 are online and one in three of those seniors are using social networks to keep in touch with the younger generations.


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