Seniors Who Play Video Games Report Improved Emotional Well-Being

New research published in Computers in Human Behavior journal finds that older adults who play video games report higher levels of emotional well-being.

The authors queried 140 people aged 63 and older asking how often they played video games, if at all. The study participants then completed a battery of tests to assess 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.

Participants were divided into three groups (Regular, Occasional Gamers, and Non-gamers) – 60% of the sample was either a Regular or Occasional Gamer. Differences among the groups were found for well-being, negative affect, social functioning, and depression with Regular and Occasional Gamers performing better, on average, than Non-gaming older adults. Findings suggest that playing may serve as a positive activity associated with successful aging.

Computers in Human Behavior
Volume 29, Issue 4, July 2013, Pages 1302–1306