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10 Healthy Habits to Overcome Digital Fatigue

10 Healthy Habits to Overcome Digital Fatigue

What is Digital Fatigue?

Digital fatigue is a state of mental exhaustion that is a side effect of our modern, ever-connected life. We are rarely more than a few inches from our mobile devices. We use them for every conceivable purpose. We are always "on" and constantly connected through social media, email, text messages, calls, and more. For many people, work or other forms of digital entertainment follow them on digital devices all hours of the day. This constant deluge of information leads to a feeling of being overwhelmed and burnt out.

Signs of digital fatigue include:

  • Burning, itching, or sore eyes
  • Sore neck, shoulders, and back
  • Light sensitivity
  • Headaches
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Irritability
  • A pervasive sense of despondency

10 Ways to Combat Digital Fatigue

Best Dating Websites for Singles Over 50

Best Dating Websites for Singles Over 50

If you're over the age of 50, single, and ready to mingle, get ready to meet your soulmate! The old ways of finding love are out the window. While the traditional way to meet singles was to go out to social events, speed dating, or mixers, modern dating has transitioned to the internet. Especially during pandemics like COVID-19, it can be challenging to safely go out and meet new people. Nowadays, singles find love by browsing the millions of people using dating websites available worldwide.

However, this presents a challenge to seniors. Many dating online dating services can be gimmicky and designed to appeal to students and much younger individuals. Fortunately, several dating websites have realized this issue and provided a solution - excellent dating websites that connect singles over 50:

Free Websites

We understand that spending your hard-earned money on a dating website can be quite daunting. Some people just don't feel comfortable with it! That's completely fine because we've got you covered. Find your true love without spending a dime. Below we've listed the best free dating sites that are geared towards seniors.

10 Tricky Internet & Phone Scams and How to Avoid Them

10 Tricky Internet & Phone Scams and How to Avoid Them

Cellular phones and access to the internet has drastically changed the lives of people across the world. For the first time in history, humans can communicate with each other and access answers to questions instantly, from pretty much anywhere. The benefits are vast and incredible. At the same time, while older adults are using the internet and smartphones more frequently, there are risks.

Internet and phone scams have become a growing issue as technology has evolved and become more advanced. Scammers use internet software to take advantage of people by using fraud schemes that trick people into giving them money. In 2018, the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center received 351,936 complaints of internet and phone crimes, accounting for more than 2.7 billion dollars in losses. Of all scam victims, seniors are targeted more than any other age group because they tend to have more time and willingness to listen. They are also often more sympathetic and trusting than younger generations.

Scammers use various tactics, such as acting friendly, helpful, or sympathetic, to get people to fall for their schemes. In some cases, scammers inflict fear on their victims to scare them into paying them. Scammers are aware that many older adults have a lot of money in their savings accounts after retirement. They are also considered low-risk targets because these scams often go unnoticed and unreported due to the lack of technical knowledge.

The best way to avoid internet and phone scams is to be aware of common scams, including the top ten scams targeting seniors, found by the National Council on Aging (NCOA). It is then easier to identify and avoid falling for these scams:

Participating in the Gig Economy: Part 2 - Freelance Work

Participating in the Gig Economy: Part 2 - Freelance Work

In our recent blog (Participating in the Gig Economy: Part 1 - Driver and Delivery Jobs), we reviewed the gig economy and job opportunities involving driving and delivery. In this blog, we will outline gig economy jobs related to corporate and freelance work. While driving jobs can be a great way to get out of the house and make your own work schedule, there are many work opportunities within the gig economy.

Within the past five years, the number of freelance workers in the United States increased from 53 to 57 million. 61% of those freelancers went into this work by choice for the many benefits. Twenty-five percent of freelancers say their ideal work environment is at home. Twenty-five percent also say they can find work within 24 hours. More than half of freelancers say they will never go back to traditional work because of the vast opportunities and flexibility.

Finding Communities Online: An Introduction to Web Forums

Finding Communities Online: An Introduction to Web Forums

In recent blogs, we have reviewed social media and how to get started with popular networks. Although social media has been continuously rising in popularity for the past sixteen years, web forums were an early way to communicate online, and they continue to be widely used today.

Web forums are sections of a website that allows users to post messages to an online discussion board. Most web forums can be viewed by anyone anonymously without having to create an account, making it easy to find help online through advice from real people. Although web forums are most commonly used online by random users, they are also becoming a more common mode of communication for work and school as private web forums rise in popularity.

Find Your Inspiration: A Guide to Getting Started with Pinterest

Find Your Inspiration: A Guide to Getting Started with Pinterest

In this series, we have reviewed the processes of creating and setting up Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok accounts. In this blog, you will learn how to create an account and set up a Pinterest profile. Although the COVID-19 pandemic has limited access to a busy social life, it has provided more time to get back into an old hobby or develop a new hobby to keep you busy. Pinterest is the perfect place to find inspiration and ideas for your next project. Follow along to create your account today:

     Step 1: Create an Account

Go to www.pinterest.com and click "Sign up" at the top right-hand corner of the page. Your screen will now look like this:

Tweet Away: Getting Started with Twitter

Tweet Away: Getting Started with Twitter

In this blog series, we have reviewed the processes of creating and setting up accounts for Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and TikTok. In this blog, we will explain how to create an account and set up a Twitter profile. To learn more about the differences between the social media platforms, check out our recent blog, Social Media: What is it All About?. With Twitter being the most popular social media site for users over 55 years old, now is a great time to set up an account. 

Step 1: Create an Account

Go to www.twitter.com and click “Sign up for Twitter” at the bottom of the page. Your screen will now look like this:

Picture This: How to Get Started with Instagram

Picture This: How to Get Started with Instagram

In related blogs, we explained the differences in social media websites and reviewed the process of setting up accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and TikTok. In this blog, you will learn how to create an account and set up an Instagram profile. Although Instagram is owned by Facebook, there are slight differences in the sign-up process between them. One of the main differences between the two is that you can sign up with Instagram using your existing Facebook account. This can make it faster and easier to create a new account on Instagram than on Facebook.

     Step 1- Create an Account: Log in with Facebook

Go to www.instagram.com and click "Sign Up". Next, you will be prompted with this screen:

Facebook: Where Do I Start?

Facebook: Where Do I Start?

In our recent blog (Social Media: What Is It All About?), we discussed the various functions and features of five of the top social media networks in 2021: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and Pinterest. In this blog, we will explain how to get started with Facebook, create an account, and set up a profile.

Step 1- Create an Account

Go to www.facebook.com and click the green box that says, “Create New Account”. Next, you will be prompted with this screen:

Social Media: What is it All About?

Social Media: What is it All About?

Today we live in a world surrounded by rapidly growing and changing technology. It can be challenging for people of any age to keep up. One highly-relevant and potentially complicated aspect is social media. Social media was initially created to easily keep in touch with family and friends through the use of written or photo-oriented posts. Social media is commonly misunderstood as something to be used by only younger generations. This is a misperception because popular networks were created for no specific age group, and they actively cater to people of all ages.

Social media has rapidly grown in the past fifteen years and will undoubtedly continue to do so. Facebook was the first social media network to reach success at a high level. Following Facebook came many other social media networks of varying popularity. In addition to Facebook, other platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest have skyrocketed to the top seven most popular social media websites in 2020.

Younger people use social media more commonly because they grew up with technology. However, this does not mean older generations do not have a place in the social media world. In fact, these social media sites are accessible with the use of a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer - whichever you prefer! Sometimes, social media's greatest challenge is not about understanding the technology itself, but rather understanding what each site has to offer

Read more about the following social media platforms!