Do Internet Users Lead a Healthier Lifestyle?
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Internet use has spread rapidly worldwide in recent years, but the proportion of older people who use it remains low in Taiwan. Meanwhile, due to population aging in the country, chronic diseases have become more prevalent among older people. This study explores the link between exposure to the Internet and adoption of a healthy lifestyle among the middle-aged and elderly people. Data are drawn from the Topic on Health of the 2011 Taiwan Social Change Survey. We use the logistic regression as the baseline model and apply the propensity-score weighting method to identify the effect of Internet use on exercising, vegetable and fruit eating, betel nut chewing, smoking, and heavy drinking. Our results show that people aged 40 years and older who use the Internet regularly are more likely to adopt an overall healthy lifestyle. The findings suggest that the Internet is a good channel to enhance people's health investment.