Video Games Improve Senior's Emotional Well-Being

Guest_Jim_* - March 7, 2013 07:24AM in Science & Technology

Many people tend to associate video games with the younger generations, as we are the ones who grew up not only with arcades but also game consoles. Someday though we will be the older generation and based on a recent study, it may be a good thing for us to keep playing in our old age. Researchers at North Carolina State University studied the gaming habits of current senior citizens and discovered a correlation with their emotional and social well-being.

Throughout our lives it is important to have a positive sense of well-being, and as we get older it can be particularly important as it can help keep us active. The researchers decided to see if video games can help with that by surveying 140 persons over the age of 62 for their well-being and gaming habits. Within that group, 61% admitted to playing video games occasionally and 35% reported playing at least once a week. It turns out that all of the senior gamers, regardless of how often they gamed, showed higher levels of well-being, while those who do not game reported more negative emotions and levels of depression.

This study indicates that gaming may be a positive activity for successful aging, but the researchers are not going to leave it at that. Next they want to see if video games can improve mental health in older adults.

Source: North Carolina State University