Thelma Rogers, 77, has found herself on the one place she never thought sheâ€™d be: the Internet. According to Rogers, who turns 78 in two weeks, â€œI never understood what all the fuss was that my grandkids made over this Book Face. Then my son Jeffery bought me a computer last year for Christmas. Heâ€™s such a good boy, Jeffery. He won the spelling bee in 6th grade.â€
Now Rogers can be found searching Facebook and other social networking sites such as Twitter in hopes of reconnecting with old friends.
â€œIâ€™ve been trying to find some of the people I went to grade school and high school with. Sadly, all I found out is that most of them have passed away.â€
According to Rogers, the first person she attempted to locate was her old high school sweetheart, Harold Krotch. â€œI thought I had found him back in February, but it turned out to only be his grandson. Regardless, I tried to get him to add me to his Friends list but all he wanted to know was what color my panties were. How impolite. Iâ€™m sure Harry would have had a thing or two to tell the lad if he were alive.â€
Sources revealed that Krotch was killed in a freak fishing accident in 2008. â€œOh poor Harry,â€ added Rogers. â€œHe always did love dipping his rod.â€
According to recent reports, 47 percent of internet users from 50-64 said they use social media, as did 26 percent of those 65 and older.
But they still have a long way to go to catch up with younger users who — by comparison — use social-networking far more frequently. The reports found that 86 percent of 18 to 29 years-olds use social-networking to find out what color underwear their peers are wearing.