EAST LANSING, Mich. – A new study by Michigan State University researcher William Chopik finds that seniors are embracing social technology and it’s improving their health. The study found that older adults had generally positive attitudes toward technology, and that higher social technology use was associated with fewer chronic illnesses, better self-rated health, fewer depressive symptoms and higher subjective well-being. The study used data from 591 participants from the 2012 wave of the Health and Retirement Study. Social technology was assessed through email, social networking sites, online video/phone calls, online chatting/instant messaging and smartphone use.
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