How online life affects the brains of older people

New research has shown that using the internet in retirement years can improve your cognitive function. The results are published by the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization.

Researchers from Lancaster University’s School of Management, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and Trinity College Dublin studied the cognitive functions of more than 2,000 retirees from across Europe. They found that post-retirement internet use was associated with better cognitive skills. Experts conducted a study, and those of the elderly who led an active life on the Internet showed many times more points, passing memory tests.

Thus, the experiment showed that older Internet users were able to memorize an average of 1.22 words more than those who do not use the World Wide Web. The most obvious difference was for female volunteers. They named an average of 2.37 more words than women who did not use the Internet. At the same time, male users named, on average, 0.94 more words.

“Our results show that post-retirement internet use is associated with a marked decrease in the rate of cognitive decline,” says Dr. Vincent O’Sullivan, co-author of the study at the Lancaster University School of Management. retired, continued to use them for personal purposes after retirement and, therefore, had better cognitive skills. ”

As a reminder, previous research has shown that retirement is a critical period for cognitive function, which deteriorates with age, and may be a predictor of a number of key health indicators in older adults.

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Alexandr Ivanov earned his Licentiate Engineer in Systems and Computer Engineering from the Free International University of Moldova. Since 2013, Alexandr has been working as a freelance web programmer.
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