Internet Use and Well-Being in Older Adults

TitleInternet Use and Well-Being in Older Adults
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsHeo, J, Chun, S, Lee, S, Lee, KHee, Kim, J
JournalCyberpsychology Behavior and Social Networking
KeywordsAdult children, Health Conditions and Status, Other

The Internet has become an important social context in the lives of older adults. Extant research has focused on the use of the Internet and how it influences well-being. However, conflicting findings exist. The purpose of the study was to develop an integrative research model in order to determine the nature of the relationships among Internet use, loneliness, social support, life satisfaction, and psychological well-being. Specifically, loneliness and social support were tested as potential mediators that may modify the relationship between Internet use and indicators of well-being. Data from the U.S. Health and Retirement Study (HRS) were used, and the association among Internet use, social support, loneliness, life satisfaction, and psychological well-being was explored. The sample consisted of 5,203 older adults (aged 65 years and older). The results indicated that higher levels of Internet use were significant predictors of higher levels of social support, reduced loneliness, and better life satisfaction and psychological well-being among older adults.


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internet use/social network/psychological well-being/Loneliness/social Support

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