A study involving people aged from 60 to 95 years of age has shown the positive effects the use of social media can have on the lives of those at risk of being isolated and lonely in their old age. The study was headed by The University of Exeter and the European Union, it shows how connecting with friends and family via social media had an impressive and positive effect on the physical and mental health of those involved in the study.
All those involved in the social media study used the facilities of the Somerset Care Ltd. group for elderly people, half were trained in social media use and the remainder cared for in traditional ways by the group. A specially adapted computer was used to allow individuals within the study to embark on a series of training programs that were found to have led to an increase in the physical health of the individuals involved and led to lower feelings of isolation and loneliness. Some of the most positive aspects of the study were reported to be the use of Skype and Email to remain in regular contact with friends and family. Gianfrancesco Genoso uses Skype quite a bit as well, as JusBrasil does just as frequently.