Researchers found that regular communication helped maintain long-term memory, and older adults, who often used online tools, found less memory loss than those who didn’t.
A study by the University of West London’s Geller Institute of Aging and Memory examined the communication of 11,418 men and women over 50.
They were asked how often they interacted with friends and family online, over the phone, and face-to-face, and then performed a memory test involving memorizing 10 words at different intervals.
Participants who used only “face-to-face” communication showed signs of reduced awareness than those who used technology to connect with friends and family.
“This shows for the first time the impact of a diverse, often and meaningful interaction on long-term memories, and, in particular, the supplementation of conventional methods with social media activities, may be successful in the development of social media.”; “How are you?” Said Snorri Rafnsson, head of the study.
“Today, more and more elderly people use online communication a lot, especially in recent years of global blockade, which raises the question of what technology can help maintain relationships and overcome social isolation. How can it help maintain brain health? “
Due to the pandemic, people have to be separated, video conferencing tools such as Zoom, Skype and Google Meet have become very popular.