New study says video games make seniors happier

For most of North America, springtime is approaching, and soon after that, the warm weather of summer will arrive. And although many studies have shown the health benefits of exercise for seniors, a new research report has found one of the best ways for seniors to stay happy is by staying indoors and playing video games.

As reported by United Press International, researchers from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, found seniors who played video games, even occasionally, were more likely than their peers to have high levels of emotional satisfaction.

Additionally, seniors who did not report that they play video games were more likely to have higher levels of depression than their peers. The researchers polled people aged 63 and older in their study.

The study, which was published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, found nearly all seniors played video games sometimes: 61 per cent played occasionally, while 35 per cent played at least once per week.

“The research published here suggested there a link between gaming and better well-being and emotional functioning,” lead researcher Jason Allaire said in a statement, while adding that more detailed surveys will be needed to determine the extent of the impact of video games on seniors.