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Why This Middle-Aged Woman Feels Invisible

Deborah Drezon Carroll | Posted 07.18.2016 | Fifty
Deborah Drezon Carroll

I recently started a new job with a publication geared to grandparents. Did you know the average age of a grandparent is now 48? I was a bit surprised, but not nearly as surprised as I was when I found out how little marketers care about anyone over 48.

How To Get Your Digital Affairs In Order

Tracy Darchini | Posted 07.16.2016 | Fifty
Tracy Darchini

Let's face it. Any one of us, regardless of age, can face an untimely departure from this world. In such an event, what would your digital legacy say about you for generations to come?

I Had To Ask My Kids What 'Delete Your Account' Means

Ronna Benjamin | Posted 06.16.2016 | Fifty
Ronna Benjamin

Apparently, I have just blown in from Stupid Town. The words everyone seemed to be talking about last week, 'Delete your account,' made me feel old and out of touch.

Taming Our Inner Troll

Mara Karpel, Ph.D. | Posted 07.12.2016 | Fifty
Mara Karpel, Ph.D.

Internet trolls are not interested in having a productive discussion. Their interests consist of: deliberately angering people, breaking the normal flow of discussion that might be occurring and, most importantly, making themselves the main topic of interest or discussion.

Why Social Media Really Stinks

Chanler Jeffers | Posted 03.15.2016 | Fifty
Chanler Jeffers

I admit I'm old-school. In my mind, respecting another person's opinion is part of comfortable discourse, and listening when being spoken to is not only expected, but how society functions. Enter Social Media. The New Beast among us.

10 Practical Uses For Your Camera Beyond The Selfie

Jan Golden | Posted 03.14.2016 | Fifty
Jan Golden

Everyone knows the camera in your smartphone is handy for snapping selfies and taking pictures of your latest culinary masterpiece, but having a camera on you 24/7 has practical uses, too.

The Real Reason So Many Older People Are Using Social Media

Anita Kamiel, RN, MPS | Posted 03.07.2016 | Fifty
Anita Kamiel, RN, MPS

Many might think that social media is the exclusive domain of the younger generation. However, many of our older adults have enthusiastically adopted it to keep up with the times as well as their old acquaintances and younger family members.

How Facebook Is Changing You Without You Even Knowing It

Carol E Wyer | Posted 02.22.2016 | Fifty
Carol E Wyer

I, like many others of our generation, love social media, especially Facebook. Social media is fine when, like all things that are bad for us, it is used sensibly and in moderation. However, abuse it at your peril. Here are some reasons you should turn off your phone or computer right now.

#BeforeFacebook I Didn't Know I Was Such A Loser!

Janet Eve Josselyn | Posted 02.05.2016 | Fifty
Janet Eve Josselyn

Before Facebook existed, I had no idea how clever and smart and photogenic all of my friends were. I had no idea that the food you all cooked looked so delicious. I had no idea you knew how to cook and I had no idea you liked cheese tamales smothered in green goop. Who knew?

The 8 New Rules Of Modern Grammar And Communication

Laurie Levy | Posted 02.02.2016 | Fifty
Laurie Levy

Pardon me. I'm having an old English teacher and senior moment. Last week, my daughter had to teach her nine-year-old daughter how to use my landline phone. That's right, my very capable granddaughter had no idea how to push the numeric buttons or get a dial tone.

The Friend Dilemma Shared By Everyone On Facebook

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 12.23.2015 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

When people wonder what I can possibly find so fascinating about social media, in particular Facebook, I explain that, with over 1,800 personal connections, my newsfeed is a microcosm of the world.

4 Ways Social Media Is Sucking All The Fun Out Of The Holidays

Jill Robbins | Posted 12.16.2015 | Fifty
Jill Robbins

I am a Christmas person. I don't love eggnog, but I love everything else about Christmas. We believe in Santa. And Jesus. The Santa and Jesus combo on the front lawn doesn't bother me ... I'll just put that out there. It makes me laugh but it doesn't bother me.

Why Smartphones Are Not Ruining Our Lives

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 11.24.2015 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

I feel a little badly for people who use their smartphones all the time. Not because they're missing out on 'real life' and have devolved into non-communicative, self-absorbed animatrons, but because I completely understand the need to be always distracted.

Yelp For Human Beings Is A Truly Horrible Idea

Jill Robbins | Posted 10.11.2015 | Fifty
Jill Robbins

Did you hear about the soon-to-be-released app, 'Peeple?' Think Yelp for humans. Yes ... applying a rating scale to humans. Yes ... really.

10 Gadgets Every Middle-Aged Person Should Have

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 09.28.2015 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

There are many contraptions that we could wear that would be useful for improving out lives. There are the ubiquitous fitness bands, but what else would be helpful?

How To Avoid 5 Popular Online Scams

Bonnie Moore | Posted 09.26.2015 | Fifty
Bonnie Moore

Although only 36 percent of Americans who reported that they were victims of Internet scams in 2014 were over 50, 50 percent of the recorded losses were from our age group. Americans over 50 lost $339 million last year to online scammers.

5 Ways To Amp Up Your Smartphone Photography

Jan Golden | Posted 09.24.2015 | Fifty
Jan Golden

The quality of the camera that comes with new smartphones today is so good, you may be tempted to put away your stand-alone digital camera forever. And since your smartphone is always handy, you're probably taking more photos than ever -- some of them pretty impressive.

Telemarketers, Listen Up. I've Finally Had It!

Laurie Levy | Posted 08.24.2015 | Fifty
Laurie Levy

Harris, C: Stop Calling Me. You called six times on Saturday, starting at 7:00 a.m. I called you back and told you DO NOT CALL ME AGAIN. EVER. NOT INTERESTED. Did that stop you? Not at all. On Sunday you called several times. My husband picked up once to figure out who you were.

Why It's So Hard For Me To Remember My Passwords

Laurie Levy | Posted 07.25.2016 | Fifty
Laurie Levy

Can you blame me for not remembering my passwords? I have an Excel sheet with over 100 websites on it and at least 16 different passwords to remember. I have tried putting the important ones in a secret place on my phone. I know that's wrong. A 12-year-old could find them in two minutes.

5 Ways To Impress Tech-Savvy Millennials

Jan Golden | Posted 07.24.2016 | Fifty
Jan Golden

Like it or not, your reaction to technology is a factor in millennials' opinion of your capabilities. Here are five ways to impress tech-savvy millennials.

Why Twitter Is The New Better Business Bureau

Ann Brenoff | Posted 07.23.2016 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Finally, a use for social media I can wrap my head around: If you have a consumer complaint, just put it out on Twitter. Twitter, for all intents and purposes, is the new Better Business Bureau. The ability to publicly shame a company for its bad service is a weapon in the consumer arsenal.

How Technology Is Making Immortality A Reality

Amanda Bradley | Posted 07.16.2016 | Fifty
Amanda Bradley

Am I the only one who thinks that once we're in our grave, even the most controlling of control freaks should learn to let go? That writing your own obituary misses the point? If you can't trust someone else to write your obituary, perhaps you didn't live your life the way you thought you did.

How To Protect Yourself From Smartphone Scams

Jan Golden | Posted 06.13.2016 | Fifty
Jan Golden

Do you remember the first time you encountered an Internet scam? Maybe it was an email scam where if you opened a suspicious email or attachment, you were susceptible to picking up a virus that could harm your computer.

My iPhone Hell

Felice Shapiro | Posted 06.08.2016 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

My iPhone's demise has been brutal. I haven't ever been separated from it before and now it's broken -- just like that! I'm worried I may be hallucinating from the shock of sudden loss.

5 Absolutely Essential Apps For Your Phone And Tablet

Next Avenue | Bryce Kirchoff | Posted 05.17.2015 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Bryce Kirchoff Mobile applications for phones and tablets have exploded in popularity — more than 100 billion apps...