One in three older Americans have become social media savvy to connect with their grandchildren

For today's seniors, texting and social media have given them much joy as they found a way to bond with their grandkids, according to new research. Americans over 65 have finally mastered the art of the text — one in three now prefer texting to phone calls. A recent survey found that those over 65 even have favorite emojis — the heart (43%) and the happy face (43%) are getting the most use. Other popular emojis for those over 65 included the beer emoji and assorted animals. Older Americans have also had a heartwarming reason to embrace texting — their grandkids. One in 10 have even surpassed emoji use and now send GIFs to stay in touch with their grandchildren. The pandemic also prompted one in three seniors to learn how to use social media and brush up on their pop culture skills as a way to bond with the younger members of their family. Nearly one in five (17%) were introduced to Netflix by their kids or grandkids. Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Comfort Keepers, the survey polled 2,000 Americans, 1,000 of whom were 65 and older. It examined changing attitudes toward family and joy after a year of isolation compared to a similar study conducted in 2020.