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Study shows that playing games makes elderly people happier

Wednesday, 6th March 2013 09:18 GMT By Dave Cook

In a research paper which findings will shock no-one, academics at North Carolina State University have learned that elderly people who play games generally feel a higher state of emotional well-being, while those who don’t are more prone to depression.

The study asked 140 people aged 63 and up if they played games. 61% of participants said they played games occasionally, while 35% said they played games at least once a week.

All participants took part in tests that determined their emotional and social well-being, and the results found that those who played games more regularly generally felt they were in a happier, more positive state.

However, those who didn’t play games that often reported higher levels of depression. Time to get yourself on Call of Duty folks.

Author of the paper associate professor of psychology at NC State Dr. Jason Allaire said of the findings, “The research published here suggests that there a link between gaming and better well-being and emotional functioning.

“We are currently planning studies to determine whether playing digital games actually improves mental health in older adults.”

What do you make of the findings above? Let us know below.

Thanks Kotaku.

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  1. ps3fanboy

    …and that is before they find out how much this happiness are gonna cost, if they want more of it. expect a hugh amount of elders getting a seizure when they find out.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Gregard

    @1 Relatively speaking, gaming is not an expensive hobby. The should be able to cover everything with their retirement money alone. And I’m sure by then most people will have some money left over anyways right? :P

    #2 1 year ago