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Social Media A New Medicine?

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2 Oct 2016 - General
 

Using social media applications like Facebook or Skype may help lessen depression, loneliness and other chronic illnesses in seniors, a recent study found.

Seniors who used the apps rated their health better and had fewer depressive symptoms, and also had fewer symptoms of chronic illnesses such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

Use of social technology also predicted lower levels of loneliness in seniors, and better overall mental and physical health, according to researchers from Michigan State University.

 

Have you noted these type of findings in your practise? And how it could be? Please provide comments.

Social media and technological advances such as Skype (or FaceTime) is really helpful, but it is a double-edged sword, you are right. As I see it, it provides superficial happiness or satisfaction, that may not be truly worth anything, but sometimes ...
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I guess these social media has its pros and cons. For pros, in my own experience, i agree that having this form of communication helpful specifically viber and skype because i use this to communicate or reach my partner. It is really difficult to sus...
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To be honest, I am surprised that older population, with an average age of 68, is fond of using social media. I very rarely see elder population use social media in our patient group. Most of them just use the normal cellphone, for them to call or te...
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Theekshana Abayawickrama I want to add little information. Researchers studied nearly 600 older Americans, average age 68, and found that more than 95 percent were either "somewhat"...
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I agree with Habiba, that social media can be a double edged weapon. It is true that it can help someone with depression. Usually people who are depressed become socially withdrawn. They do not have anyone to discuss their problems with which makes t...
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Habiba Twakkol Dear Habiba, yes it is double edged. Social media keeping distance between communities. People are out of voice calls. But the older people are less prone to depressive becau...
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Madhubabu kaaja thank you for your nice article,
Social media probably is a double edged weapon, as you mentioned that (seniors who used these apps rated their health better and had few...
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