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“To our knowledge, this is the first study to demonstrate a potential link between use of video chat and prevention of clinically significant symptoms of depression over two years in older adults,” the authors wrote.
Researchers said video chat’s appeal isn’t necessarily surprising.
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The researchers identified 1,424 participants from the 2012 survey who completed a set of questions about technology use.
These same participants also responded to a follow-up survey two years later that measured, among other things, depressive symptoms.
Social isolation and depression have become commonplace in older adults, with estimates suggesting almost 5 percent of adults aged 50 and above lived with major depression in 2015.
What if you could address the problem through communication technology?