Social media often gets a bad rap, and it's not completely undeserved. Plenty of us have fallen down the Facebook rabbit hole when we should be working or doing things around the house. But, it turns out that social networks might actually have some benefits, too, especially for a group of people not known for engaging online: older folks.
The University of Exeter in the U.K. conducted the study. Researchers looked at people between the ages of 60 and 95 years old who were receiving some form of adult care.
Over two years, the 76 elderly people were trained how to use the internet on a computer including social networks, email and Skype.
So, did the study did find a similarly positive correlation between social media use and overall health? In short, the answer is yes.
We already know that engaging in activities like puzzles and even some video games can help older folks stay sharp. It turns out that social media can have a positive effect, too, according to the study. Social media use can have positive effects on mental health and brain function.
In particular, those who used social media in a recent experiment reported heightened feelings of self-confidence and a stronger sense of personal identity.
That make sense since human beings are social animals, said Dr. Thomas Morton of Psychology at the University of Exeter.
So, it looks like it's time to sign your parents or grandparents up for that Twitter or Facebook account. Solving puzzles and playing brain games is another healthy daily activity for anyone, especially for older folks. Click here to find games that give your brain a daily workout.