Mobile Apps Help Boost Inter-Generational Connections
Long gone are the days that we as parents had to help our children pick up the phone or write a letter or postcard to stay in contact with their grandparents. Today, cell phones and PC’s make communicating significantly easier and is also used extensively for educational purposes in the classroom and workplace. At present, more than 77% of American adults own a smartphone according to Pew Research Centre with even children as young as 2 years often sporting their own devices. Living in this digital age offers a host of advantages as far as keeping family members connected is concerned. Mobile technologies such as texting, video calling, social media networking and even gaming are making it significantly easier to remain connected, whether you are living in the same house or on opposite sides of the country or even the world.
Make use of social media platforms
Social media has been all the rage for more than a decade already and while it is extensively used to keep track of celebrities and engage in online banter with your peers, it can also be a very important vessel in connecting seniors with their grandchildren. Facebook remains the most popular social media platform with more than 214 million active users in the USA alone. Family members of all ages can connect on Facebook, viewing each other’s photos and status updates across any distance. Other social media apps that may prove to be useful in connecting the elderly with the youngest members of the family include Twitter, Instagram and even Pinterest with the latter allowing the senior to get a glimpse of what their grandchildren are interested in.
Bond over games and specialized apps
If there is one thing children of all ages and walks of life thoroughly enjoy it is gaming. There are a number of very entertaining games that can be played on a smartphone across any distance. While multiplayer games such as Monopoly and Wheel of Fortune are generally a lot of fun, more educational options such as Scrabble and Chess can also significantly boost the cognitive ability of both young and old. Although these games are ideal to play from anywhere in the world, they can also be enjoyed by family members sitting next to each other on the same couch.
Apart from games, there are also a number of other applications that can be utilized in creating quality bonding time between multiple generations. Over the last decade, an increasing number of applications have been developed that allow family members to read together, draw together and even page through photo albums together, allowing them to create beautiful memories together.
No matter what the distance is between family members, technology has made it possible to stay closely connected. While a video call or virtual photo album may not be able to compete with a warm embrace, it is able to effectively help fill a void that would otherwise have simply remained unattended.
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