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Mobile technology and PCs can take a decade off mental age

Senior citizens who use these devices regularly can delay what could otherwise be cognitive decline.

Among the greatest fears that people face when it comes to aging is that their mental abilities will decline, but if the findings of a recent study are true, then it could be that the regular use of PCs and mobile technology could help to slow that process in a highly meaningful way.

Cognitive and mental decline were found to have been delayed in users of smartphones and computers.

The study was published in the respected medical journal, Intelligence, in which it was described that the use of computers and mobile technology could help to explain why today’s seniors seem to be four to eight years younger (on a cognitive level) than people of the same age a decade ago. The study showed that the positive impact of these computing devices held up, even when controlling for certain factors such as health, gender, and education.

The mobile technology study was conducted on participants in the U.K. and Germany who were 50 years and older.

Mobile Technology - SeniorsThere were about 2,000 participants in the study who were tested back in 2006. Then another group of 3,000 were tested in 2012. The conclusions were drawn by Valeria Bordone and her team at the International Institute for Applied Systems analysis.

According to Bordone, “We know that IQ (intelligence quotient) has been increasing for many decades.” The trend of continual increases in IQ is known as the Flynn effect, and it has been observed since the 1930s. The way in which it has been explained is that throughout this period of time, there has been a worldwide improvement to access to nutrition, healthcare, and education for the population as a whole. Despite the fact that these improvements have been subtle from one year to the next, they have given people the ability to access more mentally stimulating activities and to better their cognitive abilities. The outcome has been higher IQ test scores.

That said, Bordone explained that IQ is considered to be a very limited way of measuring cognitive skills, so this study involved a broader range of testing, to achieve greater accuracy. The link between the use of computers and mobile technology and the slowing in cognitive decline among seniors was shown by correlation in Bordone’s study, as opposed to being directly demonstrated.

Mobile web results get friendlier with Google’s latest search feature

The search engine has now officially launched labels that indicate which results are mobile-friendly.

Google has now completed many months of testing in creating a mobile web option that reveals whether or not a site that is presented within its search results is actually tablet and smartphone friendly.

The snippet beneath the URL in search results will now label sites that are “mobile-friendly”.

This effort was made to help to improve the experience for people using the mobile web, as it will give them the information that they need to know whether or not a site will be optimized to be used with their smartphone or tablet. Google has added this new text label beneath the URL within the snippet, showing when a site is “mobile-friendly”.

Google has explained that the mobile web should not be a frustrating experience, so it is adding this feature to help.

google mobile webGoogle revealed that using the world wide web can be a “frustrating experience for our mobile searchers,” when those users can’t tell whether or not a website is mobile friendly. Therefore, they have chosen to add the feature to their search results so that this information can be shared with the searcher and will mean that the user won’t have to actually click the link to the URL and load the site to find out whether or not it is friendly for navigating and viewing over mobile devices.

Google is also adding another component to its mobile web experience through a new ranking algorithm. It is currently experimenting with the algorithm for websites that are mobile optimized.

In order to be able to qualify for a label of being friendly to mobile devices, Google requires the following to be detected by its GoogleBot:

• Software uncommon on mobile devices – such as flash – is not used
• Text is readable without having to zoom in
• Content is automatically sized to the screen so that users don’t need to zoom or scroll horizontally
• Links are far enough apart on each mobile web page that it’s easy to select the right one with a fingertip tap.