It's been a rough transition for a lot of people, but I've definitely noticed changes. Relationships are evolving, people are connecting in new ways, and there are many more opportunities for active adults to feel less isolated in their retirement. From simple tools like social networking and email to video chatting and smartphone applications, there are plenty of ways for today's tech-savvy seniors to keep in touch with others.
The mobile trend has been slow-going and people have been putting up quite a fight. Most active adults that have reached retirement don't understand the need or desire for smartphones, tablets, and other on-the-go tech devices. They have better things to do. Like talk to their friends, go places, and hit the early bird specials. Okay, so I'm probably the only one that's guilty of being a regular at the latter. Regardless, people in our generation are starting to change. That's my point. It seems like people are being more connected because they're taking advantage of technology when they can.
Some active adults choose the exclusive phone solutions created for older adults who just want a basic phone on the go. If you're like me, you're going to call your son and have him show you how to use the iPad, power up your new smartphone, and link your Facebook account so that you can always have cute pictures of that grandbaby on the go, no matter how far apart you live. I'm a bit of a technology junkie, if you have to call it that. I love the things that we can do with these tools and I exploit them whenever I can.
Of course, there are a lot of people who are opposite of me. They're balking at technology, want nothing to do with smartphones, and there are even some who don't know how to use a computer or the internet. If they're perfectly happy with that, it's fine. It just seems that in a time when forging and maintaining relationships is so much harder, the resources that technology has created would be a good tool to have. I suppose in time more retired adults will reach out to mobile devices and on-the-go technology. Whenever they do, it's certain that they will find plenty of rewards and benefits. I think it's a great way to avoid loneliness and keep relationships strong, at any age.