It’s pretty common knowledge among the video game elite (i.e. people who read about games online) that the average age for a video game player is about 35. But people even older than that are no scope headshotting you on Xbox Live, and according to a new study it may be good for them.
A study done by researchers at North Carolina State University has shown that people who play games at least occasionally have higher social functioning and less depression and negative affect than people who do not play any video games. That’s right, we now have evidence to say, scientifically, that video games make people happier and are linked to “successful aging.”
The study was done with a group of 140 senior citizens averaging 77 years old who live independently, but the results suggest that the links could be present for younger adults as well. Further studies are already being planned to see if video games can improve mental health or whether they merely prolong the detrimental effects of age.
With video games making headlines with violence and politicians demanding studies on the effects of media on children, this study couldn’t have come at a better time. And it’ll be interesting to see others crop up as more and more lifelong players from gaming’s 80s glory days approach golden years of their own.
[story and image via Science World Report]