According to a new survey by the Phoenix Center, spending time online reduces depression in senior citizens by 20%.
Seniors use the internet as a method of keeping in touch with family and friends, as their mobility decreases. Despite not being able to visit people, they are still able to use the internet as a means of getting support from those that are closest to them.
The results of this survey could have a significant effect on healthcare for seniors. For example, treating depression in seniors costs the United States approximately $100 million per year. Just going on Google could radically reduce a senior citizen’s healthcare bill.
The Pew Internet and American Life Project estimates that only 42 percent of senior citizens use the Internet, which is well below the rate for any other age group.
For senior citizens that are depressed just spent some time online, whether communicating with family and friends, or just surfing the Web, would decrease their depression. In turn, this also lowers their healthcare costs.
So what are you waiting for? Get surfing on the internet!