Curing Loneliness With The Internet
Take 15 elders who live in the community. While they live in their own homes, they are chronically ill or physically disabled. So much so that they are essentially housebound. This group is lonely. Their family is distant or busy with their own lives and this group of elders find themselves alone for a great deal of time. Researchers took this particular group and conducted an experiment to answer this question: If they were introduced to the internet and all the wonders of the world wide web, would it be successful in curing loneliness?
Two researchers did just that. They provided these seniors with computers and trained them on the internet and how to use email. They waited for three years and returned to them to see how they were travelling and whether the experiment had some indications that it could be successful in curing loneliness.
We present their results.