The use of the Internet positively affects the older generation
Scientists have named another important reason to teach your grandma to use the Internet. Not only will you be able to see more of in these turbulent times, but will bring many benefits to the ones you love. Tell that same effect on the people of a venerable age access to the network.
It turned out, frequent Internet use is associated with increased well-being in older people, especially those who are wealthy and more educated, finds a new study by UCL.
Published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research study is the first of its kind of observation devoted to the study of the relations between the different use of the Internet and related impact on mental health.
The study considers accounts more than 9,000 people aged 50 years within six years (2012-2017). The authors found a positive long-term effects of daily use of the Internet, and infrequent use (monthly or less) due to the deterioration of level of life satisfaction in the elderly.
Researchers recommend to introduce the older generation to the Internet
Communication and information
However, it was found that the impact on mental well-being depends on the type of use of Internet, the most common of which is “access to information” and “communication”. Thus 68% and 66% of participants reported using these two types respectively.
People who used the Internet for communication and keeping in touch with other people, especially for sending emails are more likely to have reported lower levels of depression, and better life satisfaction than those who did not. However, those who used the Internet for “access to information” had lower life satisfaction compared to those who did not.
To help eliminate these gaps and improve mental well-being, the authors recommend to encourage the elderly to use the Internet for communication, to mitigate the impact of social isolation and loneliness on mental health.