Older Adults Who Use Internet Shown to Be Less Depressed
the MPR take:
For retired older adults, using the internet has been shown to decrease the probability of depression, especially in those who live alone. Based on a study published in The Journals of Gerontology, retired older adults who used the internet reduced their likelihood of being in a depressed state by 33%. Researchers concluded that using the internet reduced loneliness and social isolation and should therefore be encouraged for older adults. The study did not look into how the retirees used the internet specifically, but in previous studies it appeared they were mostly interested in establishing communication with friends and family.
"The largest impacts on depression were actually for those people who lived alone, so it's really suggesting that it's about connecting with others, eliminating isolation and loneliness," lead study author Shelia Cotten said. She explained that a lot of older adults have mobility and health ...
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