New surveys find that older adults who play video games report higher levels of emotional well-being.
Scholars asked 140 people aged 63 and older how often they played video games, if at all. The participants then took a series of psychological assessment tests to determine their emotional and social well-being. 61 percent of study participants played video games at least occasionally, with 35 percent of participants saying they played at least once per week.
The survey found that participants who played video games, including those who only played occasionally, reported higher levels of well-being. Those who did not play video games reported that they felt more negative emotions and had a tendency toward feeling higher levels of depression.
A new survey from North Carolina State University finds that older adults who play video games report higher levels of emotional well-being. Credit: Anne McLaughlin, North Carolina State University
"The research published here suggests that there a link between gaming and better well-being and emotional functioning," says lead author Dr. Jason Allaire, an associate professor of psychology at NC State. "We are currently planning studies to determine whether playing digital games actually improves mental health in older adults. "