Although those over-50 might not be digital wizards, we know that the pace of everything has accelerated. That means we have to size up people faster.
Either they generate Happy Talk or Doom and Gloom. If the latter, we quickly file them away in our neural folders as "Avoid." Soon enough, they are isolated. Alienated they produce endless Doom and Gloom, hardening the category of them as an "Avoid."
Happy Talk, on the other hand, gives each of us the opportunity to remain part-of. For those of us still determined to bring in income, those social ties generate new business, provide tips on freelance assignments, and inform folks about full-time and part-time job openings.
After two major economic downturns since the start of the 21st century, we humans, especially those of us over-50, crave Happy Talk.