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      Association between internet use and successful aging of older Chinese women: a cross-sectional study

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      BMC Geriatrics
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      Successful aging, Internet use, Gender role, Older women, Social exclusion

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          Abstract

          Background

          The internet has become ubiquitous in contemporary human life. However, little is known about the association between internet use and older people’s aging process, especially that of older women.

          Methods

          Using the nationally representative dataset of the China Longitudinal Aging Social Survey 2016, we examined the relationship between internet usage and the successful aging of older Chinese women. The sample in this study consisted of 2713 respondents with an average age of 69.963 years. Successful aging was defined as no major diseases, no disability, high cognitive functioning, high physical functioning, and active engagement with life. Older women’s internet use behavior was represented by internet use frequency. Probit and instrumental variable models were employed to test the association between internet use frequency and successful aging of older women. The Karlson/Holm/Breen (KHB) mediation analysis was used to estimate the mediating effect of social capital on the relationship between internet use frequency and older women’s successful aging.

          Results

          Using a probit model (coefficient = 0.030, p < 0.001) and an instrumental variable probit model (coefficient = 0.287, p < 0.001), it was found that a successful aging status was significantly correlated with an increase in internet use frequency. The functional mechanism analysis suggested that social capital partially mediated the overall association between internet use frequency and successful aging.

          Conclusions

          This study suggests that the more frequently older Chinese women use the internet, the greater the possibility of successful aging. Our findings provide new evidence from China about the determinants of older women’s aging process and aid in formulating targeted aging policies for older women in developing countries and regions.

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                Contributors
                jiangyao923@mail.nankai.edu.cn
                yangfan1987@scu.edu.cn
                Journal
                BMC Geriatr
                BMC Geriatr
                BMC Geriatrics
                BioMed Central (London )
                1471-2318
                28 June 2022
                28 June 2022
                2022
                : 22
                : 536
                Affiliations
                [1 ]GRID grid.216938.7, ISNI 0000 0000 9878 7032, Zhou Enlai School of Government, , Nankai University, ; Tianjin, 300350 China
                [2 ]GRID grid.13291.38, ISNI 0000 0001 0807 1581, Department of Labor and Social Security, School of Public Administration, , Sichuan University, ; Chengdu, 610065 China
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                3199
                10.1186/s12877-022-03199-w
                9241215
                35764930
                c52de172-e67a-447d-8fae-982b1e92ad58
                © The Author(s) 2022

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                : 26 December 2021
                : 8 June 2022
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                Geriatric medicine
                successful aging,internet use,gender role,older women,social exclusion
                Geriatric medicine
                successful aging, internet use, gender role, older women, social exclusion

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