Communicating with loved ones through social networks and being in cyberspace helps to improve the condition of the elderly and reduce the effects of illnesses such as depression and isolation.
Researchers examined the condition of 3491 elderly people in the summer of 2020 Found Older people who use cyberspace to communicate are less likely to be depressed, and using the Internet in their daily lives can help improve their quality of life.
According to the results of this study, older people who use the Internet to search for health information, may be mentally anxious and it is better to pay attention to this issue in Internet searches.
Research shows that people in the age group of 55 to 75 years who communicate with their loved ones once or more daily through social networks, experience a higher quality of life and feel higher life satisfaction.
The research team hopes that the results of such research will encourage older people to use the Internet. The results of this study also remind people that communicating with older people through social media can help the mental health of this vulnerable age group to avoid problems such as loneliness and feelings of isolation.
After the corona epidemic and quarantine conditions, the elderly were more exposed to the consequences of this disease than other groups, and such solutions can largely fill the gap created for this age group.
Participants in the study were surveyed for Internet use as well as mental health. “Simon Simon Evans, a neuroscientist and one of the researchers, says:”
“Due to the continuing social constraints during the corona epidemic, older people are more at risk of loneliness and the resulting psychological damage. “But research shows that communicating online can play an important role in solving some of the problems of older people, including loneliness.”
Part of the research suggests that middle-aged people who search for health-related topics in cyberspace may be more exposed to anxiety and distress, and this approach will backfire on them.
Statistical studies of elderly users in the UK show that only 54% of people over the age of 75 use the Internet regularly.