Regular internet use shown to improve mental health in older people

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2020/08/03 15:19

Today's Vocabulary

1.wellbeing (n)
the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy

2. address (v)
speak to (a person or an assembly), typically in a formal way

3. intervention (n)
action taken to improve a situation

4. exclusion (n)
the process or state of excluding or being excluded

5. barriers (n)
a fence or other obstacle that prevents movement or access

6. policymakers (n)
someone who creates ideas and plans, especially those carried out by a business or government

Regular internet use shown to improve mental health in older people

New research suggests that the use of the internet on a regular basis is linked to better mental health in older people.

Conducted by researchers at University College London (UCL), the study looked at the behaviour of more than 9,000 people over the age of 50 across the span of six years. It found that those who used the internet daily had a higher life satisfaction than those who did not. Also, the positive impact on mental wellbeing was most notable among those using the internet to communicate with others. 

The research also indicated that the wealthiest users were the most likely to go online daily and those in the higher educational and occupational groups experienced a larger positive impact on their mental health.

To help address these concerns, Jivraj suggested initiatives such as installing public Wi-Fi in areas frequented by older people and in areas where usage may be low, due to barriers to access and digital exclusion, could be among possible solutions. 

Co-author Dr Shaun Scholes urged the Government to create more schemes for older people to learn digital skills. “It’s important to recognise that many older people have not learnt to use the internet as part of their job or education,” he said.

“While there isn’t one simple intervention that can increase internet usage in older age, we do recommend that policymakers encourage providers to consider adapting their products and interfaces to be more age-friendly.”


  1. Are old people disadvantaged by today’s usage of the Internet? How?
  2. How has the Internet changed the society?
  3. Do you think that having Internet access is mainly for rich people? Will poor people be disadvantaged?

"The Internet is so big, so powerful and pointless that for some people it is a complete substitute for life."

Andrew Brown

"The internet could be a very positive step towards education, organisation and participation in a meaningful society. "

Noam Chomsky