Senior citizens and SmartphonesWe often talk of the generation gap and elder people telling their children that things were better in their time and everything has worsened in current time. Such perception is common among senior citizens when they see the current generation.
But one thing which really deserves appreciation is the manner in which senior citizens have adapted themselves to smartphones and social media. Nowadays it is common to see a group of senior citizens sitting in community park with their smartphones, showing each other WhatsApp/facebook messages and images, jokes and discussing them. They also freely share messages and photos of each other, see online videos and keep themselves busy and entertained. They have really adapted well to the new generation in this regard.
Again this is my personal opinion and I do not want to offend anyone but I would like to say that in past when smartphones and social media boom was not present senior citizens normally spent their free time by things like prayers, bhajans, pooja, having discussion within their friend circle, going to temple, reading holy books etc. This was really a good thing. But with smartphones, these things have diluted to some extent as far as I feel though it may not be the case with everyone.
I feel that it is good that many of our senior citizens have also become internet and smartphone savvy but at the same time, it would also be nice if they keep themselves involved in other activities mentioned above which they used to do when smartphones were not there. This would be a perfect combination.