Older people, the Internet, and social connectedness

granddaughter-and-grandmother-with-ipad-960-300x220This article is from the online publication The Conversation and discusses how older people are turning to the Internet for socialisation and how some applications can be confusing with so my options and functions.  The University of Melbourne has developed a prototype application to explore how social technologies can be used to help alleviate older people’s experience of social isolation. The app was a simple social networking tool designed to be easy, fun and safe to use. Its simplicity meant it avoided many of the problems that make existing social networking tools difficult or unattractive for older adults.  To find out more, download the article.