Of people over 65 over 70% are now online. More are joining every day with the help of programs like COA’s Tech Connect. But the oft heard complaint is “What do I do to entertain myself on the internet? Certainly you can play games, but during COVID people need more than games, they need social connection.

Here are a few suggestions to help you find a place on the internet to meet like-minded people and do things you want to do.

Social media is the group name for internet pages which give you an opportunity to post messages and talk to people either publicly or through private messaging. Three sites you would have heard of are Facebook/ Twitter/ Instagram.

Facebook allows you to look up the names of people (including movie stars, politicians, journalists, sports personalities etc) and groups of interest. Once you have “liked” them you will see the things they post, as well as allow them to see what you post. Often posts include photographs and personal comments on anything.

Twitter allows people to “tweet” short text message and photographs to their followers. Again, find the people and topics that interest you and become their follower to see their tweets. Or build up your own followers and tweet your own updates.

Instagram allows you to share images and add hashtags (#) to ensure people looking up that hashtag see your pictures. For example there is a hashtag #springflowers which has lots of pictures of flowers, or #puppylove with millions of doggy pictures.

But we suggest finding a topic you like or something you are passionate about and searching for an online place dedicated to your passion.

For example did you know there is a social media site called Ravelry https://www.ravelry.com, which is a community site and yarn and pattern database for those who enjoy knitting and crochet?

How about Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/ which allows you to search an online data base of books, quotes, and literature reviews.

Busuu https://www.busuu.com/ is a language learning platform that allows users to interact with native speakers. There are 12 language courses currently offered, and basic lessons are free.

Or if you are a writer perhaps Tablo https://tablo.com/, is for you. This site allows you to upload manuscripts and self-publish them.

To learn more skills and display your artworks consider Artstation https://www.artstation.com/ as an online location.

These are just a tiny sample of the hundreds of interest groups represented on the net, and we encourage all of you to search them out for yourselves. If you need a hand, contact our Tech Connect volunteers to see if someone can help you find internet pages to suit your interests.