Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Web grays as more older people get wired

These geezer sites are like Facebook -- with wrinkles, according to an article in today's New York Times.

The number of graying computer users is growing. There are now just about as many geezer geeks over age 55 as there are in the 18-34 crowd.

Think back to a couple of weeks ago when a study revealed the seniors were interested in the same thing that revved the kids' engines -- sex.

Is it any wonder then that social networking sites for older people are proliferating? But the geezers are interested in more than just hooking up. Indeed, the senior sites discussions range from health care to face lifts to retirement issues. Stuff that would not yet interest the younger set. And never will, so they think.

If the kids aren't watching, you might find one of these worth bookmarking: Eons, Rezoom, Multiply, Maya's Mom, Boomj, and Boomertown.

Interesting "discoveries" about the geezer population:
-- marketers have figured out we have money, and we spend it.
-- Internet researchers learned we find a site we like and stick with it, unlike the youngsters with short attention spans. I check Arts & Letters every morning. Have for years.
-- venture capitalists, themselves, are beginning to enter the grey zone as they get older and take longer to bounce back from keg parties. Some are considering investing in geezer sites. A few have.
-- AARP is an acquired taste for boomers who find membership "labels" them.

Networking could prove to be the biggest boon for seniors. As we age, we lose friends due to death, migration, illness, and, in my case, personality flaws. Many seniors are just not connected. Anywhere.

But with the Net, that problem could be diminished, if not solved.

Stay tuned.


Anonymous said...

I refuse to greet my dates with a copy of "Modern Maturity" on my coffee table!

The South Plainsman said...

George, you have the same personality flaws you had 55 years ago, and friends all over the country. You just won't stay in one place for long enough.

This Internet business is fabulous. I manage to have daily conversations by email with a first cousin I have not seen in 50 years, and with another relative (his grandfather is my great-grandfather)that I have never met.

In addition, the wonders of doing genealogical research on the web, along with a DNA test, has put me in touch with relatives I didn't know I had from London to Australia.

I hesitate to overstate it, but the Internet, if it remains free, will have an impact as great as the printing press over time. Everybody should join in. It's fun.

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