AND STAY CONNECTED Be Social Media Savvy
It’s time to break the bad news to your grandkids: Social media isn’t just for them. A study from the Pew Research Center found that 47 percent of baby boomers are using social media. Facebook in particular proves to be an excellent resource for adults moving through the later stages of life. This social media platform helps keep you in touch with friends, family members who live far away, and workplace acquaintances who you don’t see during retirement. Social media can help you gather the people you want to keep in contact with in one centralized location. Here are a few things to remember for keeping your digital friendships enjoyable. Social Media Isn’t a Diary No one wants to see a feed clogged with posts from the same person. Your friends might like reading about exciting vacations or days with the grandkids, but they don’t need updates about your wait in line at the grocery store. Sharing TMI (too much information) will put you on the fast track to losing friends. It’s Okay to Hit Unfriend Likewise, if you find yourself sick of Judy’s moment-by-moment updates of her dog’s kidney stone, feel free to cut ties. That might entail unfollowing (you remain friends, but no longer see their posts in your feed), unfriending, or blocking a person entirely. There’s no reason to keep in touch with someone whose very profile picture makes you angry. Check a Source Before Sharing Just because something is online, that doesn’t make it true. It’s just as easy for someone
to post a lie about a celebrity or politician as it is for Judy to post about her dog. If you read a news story that gets a rise out of you, double check the facts before you hit share. Googling the article’s claims and main points will bring up similar articles — if those claims are true. This
will help you determine if it’s breaking news or a big hoax.
Just 10 years ago, snail mail and expensive long-distance calls were the only way to keep
in touch with the people we couldn’t see every day. Thanks to social media, we can stay connected to our loved ones around the world. Now that’s something that deserves a like.
Valentine’s Day Special
Francisco here, again! I began this newsletter by explaining how my wife, Nicole, played such a significant role in shaping Keystone’s core values, so I thought it would be fun to include the story of how we met. You see, we’ve known each other longer than most couples, and our friendship has been through some wild twists and turns! It all started on the first day of seventh-grade art class. Instead of having individual desks, we
Thankfully, nothing breaks the ice like glue sticks and glitter. After a few days of art class, we were friends. I even got her phone number. This girl wasn’t just pretty, she was smart and had a wicked sense of humor. Things were going well, and then our time at junior high came to an end. We went to different high schools and lost touch with one another. I honestly didn’t think I’d see her again. A few years passed, and I almost forgot about that fun, pretty girl from art class. Then, in 11th grade, I was transferred to Mountain View. While there, I was almost certain I saw her walking the halls. It was a big school however, and I couldn’t be sure. When the yearbook came out, I decided to confirm my suspicions once and for all. The yearbook was organized alphabetically by last name, so I flipped to what should have been her page. What I found blew my mind. The girl from art class was on two different pages, right next to each other. She had an identical twin sister! Now I was in a bind. Even if I did spot her walking the halls, how could I be sure it was Nicole?
sat at tables together: four kids to a table, two on each side. I had already taken my seat when this beautiful girl decided to sit next to me. I’d like to say we hit it off right away, but the truth is, I was all nerves.
To be continued ...
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