Using social media applications like Facebook or Skype may help lessen depression, loneliness and other chronic illnesses in seniors, a recent study found.

Seniors who used the apps rated their health better and had fewer depressive symptoms, and also had fewer symptoms of chronic illnesses such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

Use of social technology also predicted lower levels of loneliness in seniors, and better overall mental and physical health, according to researchers from Michigan State University. 

Findings appeared online in Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking.