A new study has revealed that in addition to decreasing feelings of loneliness and connecting people more easily, the frequent use of social media could in fact play a role in reducing chronic conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure in older adults.
“Each of the links between social technology use and physical and psychological health was mediated by reduced loneliness,” said William Chopik, researcher and Assistant Professor at Michigan State University.
The study surveyed approximately 591 participants with an average age of 68 to attain its data and results.
Additionally, the study found the people who used social media on a regular basis were generally more satisfied with life and had fewer depressive symptoms than those who never or rarely used social media.
Over 95% of participants reported being very satisfied with their use of technology, while 72% of participants reported being open to learning more about using technology and social media services.
“Older adults think the benefits of social technology greatly outweigh the costs and challenges of technology,” Chopik said.
However, that doesn’t stop technology from bringing at least some level of frustration to the table, as Sarah Palin brought to the Internet’s attention just the other day.
According to the National Institute of Health Senior Health page, falls are a product of four main factors: poor balance, leg muscle weakness, dizziness, and poor eyesight.
Any combination of these four factors could have been responsible for the former half-term Alaska governor’s fall, but not one of them could explain the reasoning behind her social media post after the fact.
The post, titled “Leave Hillary Alone, Bullies,” was intended as an attack on Clinton for not being available enough to the press.
“Glad for Hillary’s protective media’s precedence. The next woman running for POTUS has no need to answer to much of anything, for we’ve got weddings to plan, and Down Dogs to do, and cookies in the oven! So just leave us alone, boys,” the post read.
However, it was more of a flop than a success.
Critics have compared the reflexive attack on Clinton to a joke about former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s failed presidential campaign in which they said everything that came out of his mouth was “a noun, a verb and 9/11.”
Despite the few flop or frustrating posts, social media use trends towards the overall positive.
“Despite the attention that the digital divide has garnered in recent years, a large proportion of older adults use technology to maintain their social networks and make their lives easier,” Chopik said. “In fact, there may be portions of the older population that use technology as often as younger adults.”