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.