Facebook good for the brain? A new study suggests it might.
Elderly people might stave off memory loss by using Facebook, the new study suggests. So is Facebook good for the brain?
The social networking site is just what the doctor ordered says the study. It is ideal for older people who are like-minded and can find enjoyment in photo sharing. Discussions about such topics as family life. Health. Retirement, nutrition and fitness.
It has long been reported that sites like Facebook can actually reduce stress, anxiety and depression but now researchers have added brain flexibility to the list.
The study looked at ‘is Facebook good for the brain’.
A study conducted by the Italian Association Of Psychogeriatrics, an organization that promotes better geriatric mental health, revealed that Facebook and Internet technology in general helps keep elderly people’s cultural curiosity alive. It stimulates attention span and memory, keeping them mentally young.
The study tried to find out if Facebook good for the brain involved two resident facilities in Italy. The participants were all given laptops with wireless connections, along with tutorials on how to maneuver on the internet.
The elderly men and women were schooled on the ins and outs of Facebook, Twitter and Skype. Those folks who got the knack of it and were successful at using the social networking sites demonstrated better cognition and were more on-the-ball than those who chose to remain detached from Internet use.
How many seniors are on Facebook in the UK?
In recent years, the number of elderly members who are entertaining themselves via sites like Facebook and Twitter has increased by 80 percent. The number of seniors who have profiles on Facebook exceeds 1.5 million in the UK alone.
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What do you think about the idea of using social networks to stave off memory loss?