New research out of North Carolina State University suggests a link between seniors who play video games and a healthier sense of well-being. As reported this week in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, researchers surveyed 140 people ages 63 and older (the group’s average age was 77) and placed them into one of three categories: regular gamers (at least once a week), occasional gamers (less than once a week), and non-gamers. It turns out that those who were regular or occasional gamers reported higher levels of well-being and social functioning, while non-gamers reported higher levels of depression and negativity. The study is small and the results only demonstrate correlation; it could be that those who elect to play video games are, for instance, healthier and more social to begin with than their non-playing counterparts.
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