Facebook helps seniors' memory

February 27, 2013 2:10:20 PM PST
Older adults who don't use Facebook might want to think again.

A small experiment at the University of Arizona suggests it may be a way for seniors to keep their mental skills sharp.

In the 8-week project, three groups of 14 seniors were trained in using Facebook, then assigned to one of three groups - using Facebook, using a different online diary, or not using any online social media at all.

At end of 8 weeks, the Facebook users did 25% better on tests of their working memory, compared to non-users.

Working memory is the ability to hold - and handle - a number of pieces of information at a time.