Using Online Social Media in Older Adults and Its Effects: Review of Published Studies

  • Kunwadee Rojpaisarnkit


Online social media has played an important role in the daily life, and has created a virtual network and communities for older adults.  The use of online social media among the older adults is steadily increasing in many countries around the world. The use or non-use of social media has an effect on older adult well-being. The use of online social media benefits the older adult in many ways. For example, it promotes relationships in distant families, improves health and well-being and reduce depression. At the same time, the use of online social media also has a negative impact on the older adults such as physical health problems, mental health problems from the inappropriate use of online social media, and so on.

Key words: Online, social media, benefit, disadvantage,older adult