One of the directives of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 was to apportion $7 billion for the expansion of broadband Internet availability throughout the country. One demographic targeted in this effort to expand Internet use is seniors, for whom Internet use is proportionately low.
Recently, the Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studies attempted to determine the effect Internet use might have on the elderly population. The group studied 7,000 elderly retired persons to evaluate the effect of Internet use on mental health. The mental health of the subjects was measured using a depression scale developed by the Center for Epidemiologic Studies.