55-Alive! – Social Networking for Boomers

j0422339.jpgA couple of weeks ago I received an Inc. Magazine article from a friend that pitches a new online community targeted to baby boomers. Now whether it actually thrives or not, I don’t know, but the website is called 55-Alive! and I think it may be a hit for many seniors.

It is well understood that the senior demographic (age 65+) is one of the fastest growing users of the internet. Though many seniors fear it, recent studies show that computer users show less depression tendencies than those who do not use a computer. Where loneliness and a lack relational experiences seems to be the major factors in depression among the elderly, new technology has allowed people from all over the world to communicate with each other and share in one another’s lives. What a great thing!

If you have time, check it out! It has articles on a variety of topics, blogs, discussion boards, pictures, videos, and more. What a great opportunity for seniors who find themselves intimidated by the more popular social networking sites like MySpace, etc. Those sites are much different and represent a whole different generation.

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