Virtuality Improves the Well Being of Seniors through Increasing Social Interaction

Abstract : Virtual social interaction amongst seniors is strengthened through face to face contact. While confirming previous studies that have shown the strengthening of virtual friendships result from physical meetings, this study also showed that virtual face to face meetings have a similar benefit. As more seniors around the world are encouraged to stay at home longer, rather than enter institutional care, virtual sociability is being shown to provide the necessary social inclusion benefits for particularly mental well being, that has been identified in psychological and sociological studies of seniors.
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Oliver K. Burmeister. Virtuality Improves the Well Being of Seniors through Increasing Social Interaction. 9th IFIP TC9 International Conference on Human Choice and Computers (HCC) / 1st IFIP TC11 International Conference on Critical Information Infrastructure Protection (CIP) / Held as Part of World Computer Congress (WCC), Sep 2010, Brisbane, Australia. pp.131-141, ⟨10.1007/978-3-642-15479-9_12⟩. ⟨hal-01054800⟩

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