Internet Use and Loneliness in Older Adults

  title={Internet Use and Loneliness in Older Adults},
  author={Shima Sum and Mark R. Mathews and Ian Hughes and Andrew J. Campbell},
  journal={Cyberpsychology \& behavior : the impact of the Internet, multimedia and virtual reality on behavior and society},
  volume={11 2},
  • S. SumM. R. Mathews A. Campbell
  • Published 18 April 2008
  • Psychology
  • Cyberpsychology & behavior : the impact of the Internet, multimedia and virtual reality on behavior and society
Use of the Internet by seniors as a communication technology may lead to changes in older adult social relationships. This study used an online questionnaire to survey 222 Australians over 55 years of age on Internet use. Respondents primarily used the Internet for communication, seeking information, and commercial purposes. The results showed negative correlations between loneliness and well-being. Multiple regression analyses revealed that greater use of the Internet as a communication tool… 

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