Very interesting research from the U.S.A. related to the internets impact on loneliness and depression amongst the elderly. It is often suggested that computers increase isolation, but this research contradicts that.
A study at Michigan State University of 3000 Americans over retirement age who spend time online, found that they were 30% less likely to suffer from depression. Using the internet enabled them to stay in touch with social networks and not be left feeling lonely.
Quite a powerful endorsement of how computers can help older people stay connected. Now the challenge is to make it easier for all older people to use computers without having to take a 10 week Digital Inclusion course. Touch screen barrier free, jargon free technology must be the next big step. No keyboards, no gigabytes, no passwords, no crashes —– just talk to the screen and hey presto !
A whole new connected world for older people to explore and enjoy.