Thursday, May 8, 2014

Older People Who Use The Internet Are Less Depressed

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Internet Use Curbs Depression

A new study shows that Internet use among older adults correlates with lower depression rates.

It’s a gloomy thing to say, but the older we get, the more likely we are to be unhappy.

So called “late-life depression” affects as many as 10 million Americans in their middle age and beyond. While it makes good old common sense that when the fun of a reckless youth is a mere memory, we might be more likely to be depressed, this hasn’t stopped scientists in great numbers from studying the higher rate of clinical depression among the elderly. And that’s a good thing, because every now and then one these studies points not just to the confirmation of the trend, but to potential means of keeping the blues at bay.
    “That’s an equivalent of a 33 percent reduction in depression”
A recent study published in The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences (a publication to which you, dear reader, are doubtless a subscriber) points to the Internet as a source of therapy for depression.

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