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Video games make the elderly happier, research suggests

Study finds enhanced well-being in older gamers

Playing video games gives the elderly 'higher levels of well-being', according to a research study conducted by North Carolina State University.

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Medical Xpress reports that researchers asked 140 people aged 63 and above how long they play games for, then put them through tests to asses their emotional and social well-being.

61 per cent of participants said they played video games "at least occasionally", while 35 per cent said they played at least once per week.

The results of the study indicated that those who played games occasionally reported higher levels of well-being, whereas those that did not play reported "negative emotions and a tendency toward higher levels of depression".

Dr. Jason Allaire, lead author of a paper and an associate professor of psychology at NC State, said: "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."

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