Age Doesn’t Matter When It Comes to Making Friends Online | Panion
Age Doesn’t Matter When It Comes to Making Friends Online

Age Doesn’t Matter When It Comes to Making Friends Online

In this hustle and bustle world, we’ve come to rely on technology for nearly everything. With countless obligations filling our calendars, it allows us to do more. According to research by Medalerthelp.org, even older individuals are taking to the internet, with a surprising 70% of users 65 and over accessing the web every day. Once the noise dies down though, chances are, it isn’t exactly just a sense of relief that overtakes you. Despite all the multi-tasking and micro-interactions on social media, you still feel… well, alone.

First off, this is not abnormal. The hard truth is that busy lives don’t necessarily equate to quality ones. Constant chatter does not make up for a real connection. And it’s easy to confuse one for the other until we’re forced to stop, be silent, and our minds begin to evaluate and notice the lack of meaningful connections. Sadly, this loneliness can feel even more pronounced as we age. Children leave the nest, friends move on to other jobs and locales, and the people we love pass away. Luckily, technology can help us connect with each other through these periods of vulnerability. That’s precisely what Panion helps individuals all over the world do.

Age Doesn't Matter
There’s no age restriction on making new friends online. Photo by Eberhard Grossgasteiger.

 

“But this meeting people on an app is more of a hip, youngster thing…”

It might seem like a risky, unconventional route and one better left to 20-something Tinder users, but making friends online can bring a whole new depth to one’s life. Hear us out!

 

The veil of anonymity gives people room to be more open about their thoughts and feelings.

Think of the regular conversations we tend to have when we first meet someone new. We take our time dipping our toe in the pool to gauge the other person’s sentiments and values. This process happens much faster online. We don’t have to worry about looks or how the other person might feel about our political persuasions. (Sure, if we decide to share those parts of us later, we can.) An intellectual and emotional connection is much easier to form with a like-minded individual from behind the safety of the veil.



Friendships made online are less demanding than ones “in real life.”

It’s much easier to set boundaries when you start off online. Social conventions do not have as much of a stronghold there as they do in real life, for one. Fellow app users typically expect life outside of PCs and mobile phones to take precedence. You can expect a more forgiving attitude for belated birthday greetings or having to cancel on a chat date of some kind. And, should you choose to include them in your physical “here and now” world, it helps that you have all the time to broach the topic and set expectations.

 

The best part of starting a friendship online

Perhaps the nicest thing about finding the courage to explore making friends online is the fact that it can reinvigorate our sense of wonder and curiosity. It’s nice to step out of our own little bubble sometimes. Seeing a different world through someone else’s eyes can introduce us to new, exciting things and awe-inspiring perspectives. It’s a wonderful experience and all possible with a few swipes and presses of your fingertips. There’s no need to feel anxious. You can always decide if and when you want to meet up with someone face-to-face, so go ahead: give Panion a try.

Nikola Djordjevic, MD
Nikola Djordjevic, MD
Nikola Djordjevic, MD, is a doctor from Serbia who, out of his passion for helping others, reviews medical alert systems and writes a blog dedicated to health, aging, retirement, and other senior-related topics.