A recent study has found how social media usage can buffer depression among older adults with pain. The researchers reported that using social media can reduce the negative health effects of curtailed social contact that comes as a consequence of pain. The findings of the University of Michigan study are significant among an ageing society where social isolation and loneliness are key determinants of well-being, said Shannon Ang, the study's lead author. The findings showed older adults who experienced pain were less likely to participate in social activities that require face-to-face interactions, which offers mental benefits. Still, social media may preserve cognitive function and psychological well-being in this population, the researchers said.