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Seniors Who Play Video Games Enjoy Better Mental Health

Seniors Who Play Video Games Enjoy Better Mental Health

A study published by North Carolina State University has found that seniors who play video games report a higher level of emotional well-being than those who don’t.

Seniors Who Play Video Games Enjoy Better Mental Health

A study has found that people over 63 years old who play video games are happier than those who don’t

The researchers surveyed 140 people above the age of 63 and asked them how regularly they played video games. The participants then completed a number of tests to evaluation their emotional and social well-being.

They found that 61% of the participants played video games occasionally and 35% of them played at least once a week.

The study concluded that those who played video games, including the participants who only played occasionally, were found to have a high level of well-being.

Those who didn’t play were found to have more negative emotions and a tendency towards depression.

Dr Jason Allaire, the lead author of a paper on the study and an associate professor of Psychology at the university said that “the research published here suggests that there a link between gaming and better well-being and emotional functioning”.

He said that as a next step they are “planning studies to determine whether playing digital games actually improves mental health in older adults.”

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With a background in game development spanning 8 years, Sam Peterson is OCA’s leading authority in the world of online gaming. His focuses include new releases and gaming providers.

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