It’s a New Technology World!
If you are anything like me, you did not even start working on a computer until college or even on one of your first few jobs. As a child, I was so excited when we got an Atari for Christmas one year. I vividly remember the game with the dot and two dashes, one on both sides. I spent hours with my friends bouncing that dot back and forth! Even when I got a little older and bought one of my first digital canon cameras, I thought I was really jumping into this new world of technology! Although I still love using a digital camera, this world of technology is now a whole new place!
Unlike us, computers, the World Wide Web, mobile phones, apps and tablets are an everyday part of life for our children. The graphics and features that video games have now are a perfect example of how far technology has come. Included in that whole world is the use of all of the social networking sites. As social networking continues to grow, I find many people in our age group not embracing those platforms or have some type of fear of jumping in. Many of them do own computers, mobile phones or even some type of tablet. They trade stocks, make purchases and read news on the internet. They also are addicted to the game apps on their mobile phones, but are still reluctant to create a profile on Facebook. Despite all of the popularity, some of them still see social networking as something their children do. Well, that could not be more incorrect. Facebook reported yesterday that they currently have over 750 million users. Believe me, they are not all children! Everyday more and more adults are joining social networking sites and making tons of positive connections personally and professionally. Those that are making the choice to not venture into the social media world are definitely missing out on a still fairly new way to connect with the world!
With all of the recent horror stories of bad choices being made using social networking, I can understand the hesitation some still have. However, I feel like most people, that are a little older, would be more apt to join a social networking site if they had a little more guidance, and understood how to have more control over their social networking experience. Those that I have spoken with who joined and since deleted or stopped using their accounts either had a bad experience or shared something they did not want everyone to see. Over the next few weeks (or months, depending on how soon I can get it done,) I will be sharing some ways to overcome your fears of joining or being active on some of the most popular social networking sites. So hopefully those that are now afraid will then know how to not display the photos that you took on your digital canon camera of your 50th birthday party without the entire world seeing them! Stay tuned for more to come in my “Overcome Your Fears” series!
About the Editor
I am the owner of Manage Your Brand, LLC. My company focuses teaching the small business how to utilize the power of social media to drive revenue growth and overall brand awareness. We provide answers, education and assistance. I am also a loving single mother who has realized that as I age, my needs and interests change. LovingandLivingOver40.com is geared to all of those that are seeking news, advice and stories of others in their age group. Visit my Meet the Editor page to learn more about me!