Use of social networks in the elderly: impact on well-being and health-related decision making

Autores: Contreras María F., Reyes Luisa F., Escalante Liny


There is limited information regarding the use of social media and its impact on older individuals. An anonymous survey was performed through Survey Monkey platform on the use of social media, their impact on well-being and influence on health-related decision making among people over 60 years of age. A descriptive analysis was conducted on the answers using IBM SPSS Statistics. One hundred and seventy-eight people answered anonymously. About 92.7% claimed to use social media. About 87.6% use social media 1-4 h daily. The purpose of use was entertainment (25%) and keeping in touch with family and friends (49.4%). About 45% made health-related decisions based on information received from social media. About 51% reported an improved perception of well-being. About 84.8% considered it important for the elderly to know how to use them. Nine out of 10 people over 60 years of age use social media on a daily basis. Of these adults, one out of two stated that their use influences their well-being and close to half of them have made a health-related decision based on the information received. This observational study confirms the relevance of technological advancement in conjunction with global aging.

Palabras clave: Social media elderly well-being decision-making

2024-06-18   |   35 visitas   |   Evalua este artículo 0 valoraciones

Vol. 10 Núm.1. Enero-Junio 2024 Pags. 038-042 J Lat Am Geriatric Med 2024; 10(1)