Playing Video Games Makes Old People Happier, New Study Says

Playing Video Games Makes Old People Happier, New Study Says

If you are old, you should probably play video games. Really, everyone should play video games. But especially if you’re old.

Proof: a new study from the North Carolina State University (as reported by Medical Xpress) that examined 140 people aged 63+ and found that the ones who played video games were generally happier than the ones who don’t.

“The research published here suggests that there a link between gaming and better well-being and emotional functioning,” researcher Jason Allaire said. “We are currently planning studies to determine whether playing digital games actually improves mental health in older adults.”

So there you go. Don’t ever stop playing games.

Seniors who play video games report better sense of emotional well-being [Medical Xpress]

Picture: Yuri Arcurs/Shutterstock


  • I can’t wait to retire and play video games all day. Knowing my luck I’ll get arthritis or go senile before that day ever comes.

    • Me too! Except my play will probably be limited exclusively to RPGs and turn-based strategy games, on account of my reflexes diminishing with age.

      Of course, by that point, I won’t be able to play any of the NEW ones as a retiree, since they’ll require an always-on connection to your wallet, gently siphoning your pension every time you log on. Since I’ll probably want that money to, you know… eat, I’ll be forced to abandon modern gaming anyway, and keep an ancient ‘Windows Box’ PC around, which I’ll use to try and play my way through my Pile of Shame.

      I’ll probably die before I get through it. It’s a long list, is what I’m getting at.

    • Look on the bright side, you can play your favourite turn based RPG over, and over and over and over and over and over 🙂

  • but what about when they start massacreing old folks homes!
    Wont someone please think of the oldies!?!?!?

    • Shh! Illuminati plan to gradually reduce global population to sustainable levels. Stop ruining it for everybody.

  • The old bloke on the left, I’ve seen him before, he is on the United Discount Chemists shops.

  • I bet the seniors in the photo are smiling because Motral Kombat: The Komplete Edition is about to be released.

  • Playing videogames as an old person could have some great upside.

    If you’re like me and keep all your old consoles and classic games, think of all the amazing games you get to play for the first time again! and again, and again.

  • Enjoy the nice gooey feeling now folks, it won’t last. It’s only a matter of time before some old chap, spaced out on murder simulators and heart medication, commits the first nursing home shooting massacre.

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