The use of technology nowadays is so widespread that it’s virtually impossible to get by without at least a smartphone or laptop. People use social media, they phone each other and they even use online messaging apps to keep in touch—and those are some of the best reasons to use technology in the first place. Let’s face it, most of us could do without the internet if it wasn’t for the fact that it allows us to communicate with distant loved ones and friends.
That’s why it’s become even easier than ever to travel around the world or move home without losing touch with the people we love and care about. So if you or some friends will be moving away, don’t let that be the end of your friendship or connection. Instead, take a look at these considerations below to help you stay in touch with loved ones all over the world.
Connecting with elderly relatives and friends
As we grow older, our connection with technology becomes less of a luxury and more of a reliance. We need technology to help manage our lives and technology will, quite literally, help keep us alive. When it comes to communicating, it’s one of the biggest uses of technology for seniors and that’s why we need to introduce devices like phones, tablets and even laptops into their lives. However, it can be fairly expensive and often overwhelming, which is why we need to simplify the process. Consider looking at cell phone plans for senior citizens to reduce the costs and still provide a good service, or turn to simplified and streamlined operating systems like iOS as opposed to Android.
Once the device has been purchased, you’ll most likely need to set it up by installing the relevant software and also teaching the senior how to use the device. The more bloat software you cut out, the easier it will be to use.
Social media isn’t the only option
While Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are usually the best options for keeping in touch over the internet, it doesn’t mean that they’re the only option. For instance, Skype allows you to make voice and video calls over the internet from virtually any device, be it a desktop computer, laptop, smartphone or even tablet. In addition, you can create voice calls and chats so you can invite dozens of people to talk at the same time. This is fantastic for inviting groups of friends to chat and keep up.
There are also newer options such as Discord. While it has been marketed towards online gamers, it comes with a plethora of options that make it suitable for keeping in touch with friends and family all over the world. You can use video and voice chat much like Skype, and you can create private chat channels with all your friends that anyone can join if you give them access.
Keeping in touch with your relatives and loved ones over a long distance is simple. The only thing you’ll need to keep in mind is timezones!