Why Be A Virtual or Mail Pen Pal?

How “Old” Would You Be if You Ignored Your Age?

The era of virtual pen pals is here and the old pastime of sending mail is also making a comeback. All it takes is a few minutes, a pen, or a phone to make a new friend. You can make a difference in someone’s life, as well as your own.

There is no rule that new friends have to be born in the same decade, or even the same century as you.

Friendship sees no boundaries, and both youth and seniors benefit tremendously by getting to know one another. An overwhelming amount of research has shown that the bond formed between children and the elderly has benefits on both sides of the equation.

How Pen Pals Help Each Other

What the Researchers Say

When older adults contribute to the well-being of youth, it cultivates a sense of purpose and extends benefits both ways, according to a new Stanford report.

Such relationships are important for society. They can help ensure that children and teens receive the kind of attention and mentoring they often lack, especially among the most vulnerable populations, the Stanford scholars said. These relationships also offer older adults opportunities to learn about new technology and trends, and experience the excitement of seeing the world through a younger perspective.

How it works