Elderly, Youth, Isolation, Text Messaging – What’s the Connection?

The elderly and youth of our country make-up nearly one-half (43%) of the population. Sadly, both groups suffer feelings of loneliness and isolation in higher percentages than at any time in the last 100 years!

In 2007, ten million of the 65 million elderly Americans (65+) lived alone and 35 million suffered from depression. Primary causes of depression include loneliness and isolation due to

* increasing busyness of the younger, working generations, and

* long-distance separation of family members.

When previously adoring grandchildren enter pre-teens, grandparents can feel even more lonely and isolated.

Yet, these same young people also suffer loneliness and isolation, often for the same reasons

* busyness of their parents, and

* long-distance separation of family members, including grandparents, great aunts and uncles and cousins.

Suicide rates among our youth are at holocaust levels.

In fact, isolation and loneliness are epidemic among both the elderly and young. The question is: what can be done about this? The answer is: text messaging. And, a real plus to this answer is that the two groups that need the most relief from loneliness and isolation, the elderly and youth can effectively and lovingly provide this relief for each other via text messaging. how to find hidden text messages on phone

Texting is an untapped source with proven potential for alleviating loneliness and isolation, reinforcing family ties, and increasing emotional health for old and young alike.

There are 65 million youth aged 10-24 in our country who love texting! But, most of the older generation have never texted and are completely unaware of this fantastic opportunity.

The elderly often complain about grandchildren not keeping in touch and about kids’ obsession with computers, hand-held games, and web surfing. Ironically, one of the kids’ favorite technologies, text messaging, could help end isolation and loneliness for both old and young.

In the U.S. nearly 241 billion text messages were sent in 2007, an increase of 150% from 2006. Young people are a large percentage of these texters-it’s their turf. Eighty percent of the cell phone users aged 13 to 24 send text messages. Only 18% of the 40-49 age group do. And the 50+ group? Texting was so low that no percentages were found.

 

 

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