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Planning Retirement Online

Social Networking

Social networking is a phenomenon that has grown up in the past few years and it has attracted a lot of publicity, both good and bad. We usually hear about it in the context of young people who use the social networking sites on the internet to keep in touch with their friends and so on. However, older people can also use these sites to help meet new people and form friendships.

There are, literally, hundreds of these sites and the largest ones have millions of members. It's almost certain that you will have heard of Facebook, with its vast number of members but there are lots of others, too, if you don't fancy the idea of Facebook.

When you look at Facebook, you'll see that you're invited to join and you can then link to your friends. Because it's a Network, your group will rapidly expand and you can meet new people. The chances are that, because people know people that you know, you'll have things in common with them which gives you a good start in forming friendships. It also means that if you want to meet them face-to-face, you can do it through the mutual friend.

Online Social Networking (Current Controversies)You will also have heard of Twitter, on which you can have an account and people can follow you. Or, of course, you can follow other people and thereby keep in touch with them and what they are doing. It's a quick way of communicating and is very helpful for feeling connected to people and also to organisations.

If you want to keep in touch with people and share your photos with them, you can do this on many of the sites. However, a particularly good one for doing this is Instagram and you can share your picture to Facebook and Twitter.

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Many people like to build networks on-line and never actually meet anyone - they're happy with the friendships they form by writing on the website. Indeed, because these things can be world-wide, it's the only practical way with some of the people you will meet. However, if that's all you intend to do with everyone you meet online, then make sure that you do some of the other things in the Guide, too, so that you actually get out and meet people in the real world as well as the virtual world.

Social networking is a modern phenomenon and one that shows no sign of abating at the moment. It's a very good way of communicating with existing friends and meeting new ones. However, meeting people online is not enough - we need to have face-to-face contact with people, too. So by all means use these sites because they are useful and they are fun but do more, too.

However, if all you intend to do with everyone you meet online is write to them, then make sure that you do some of the other things in the Guide, too, so that you actually get out and meet people in the real world as well as the virtual world

If you have any good ideas and tips to help people in this important area of later life, please let us know at feedback@laterlife.com and we'll include it in the Guide.

This Guide is written by Retirement Specialist Dave Sinclair supported by members of the LaterLife team. As well as writing on retirement matters Dave is Training Director at LaterLife and responsible for the content and continuous improvement of LaterLife's Retirement Courses.
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