The following chart reflects the breakdown of people who play video games.
Overview: Who is Playing?
1. The average age of gamers: 35 years old.
2. The average age of game purchasers: 38 years old.
3. Households that own a device used for playing video games: 65%.
4. Households that own a device exclusively for playing video games: 48%.
5. The average number of years gamers have been playing: 13.
What these statistics show are video games are not just for kids or rebellious teenagers. They are still a major part of the gaming industry. They play and purchase most of the video games today.
The part of the chart that caught my attention was the percentage of adults 50 years or older who play video games. 26%. I was surprised it was that high. This is a portion of our population we don’t usually associate with the video gaming industry.
I predict this percentage will rise because of aging baby-boomers and other age groups as they age. (Let’s face it, video games for older adults are becoming a slice of the video gaming pie).
Mental and Physical Challenges as we age.
1. Bones: Throughout adulthood, men and women gradually lose some mineral content in their bones. The bones get less dense and strong as we age.
2. Metabolism and Body Composition: Over time, the body typically needs less energy, and your metabolism slows. This can result in loss of muscle mass and weight gain.
3. Brain and nervous system: Memory changes are a normal part of the aging process-it’s common to have less recall of recent memories and to be slower remembering names and details.
4. Social Interaction: Social isolation including living alone, having a small social network, infrequent participation in social activities, and feelings of loneliness can pose health risks for older adults.
5. Depression: All the above factors or one can lead to a feeling of sadness. Our health is failing. We have no energy. We feel alone.
Aging is part of life. There is nothing we can do to stop it. It affects every part of our lives, our minds, our bodies, our relationships, and how we feel about ourselves.
I know playing video games is not going to fix the issues we face as we age. I get that. But enjoying time with my granddaughter, Sierra, helps me.
I hope together we can explore new and exciting ways to take advantage of this modern technology we call “Gaming”.
Let’s have some fun together or maybe just take the edge off the sharp edges of life.
Benefits and Usages of Video Games for kids and adults (Young & Old).
1. There are twenty experimental studies published between 1986 and 2013, involving 474 trained and 439 healthy older adults who met the inclusion criteria.
The results indicate that video game training produced positive effects on several cognitive functions, including reaction time (RT), attention, memory, and global cognition.
2. Physical activity can be improved with some interactive features available with most consoles today (Ex. Xbox KINECT).
3. Video games can help with social interaction, especially for individuals who may feel isolated or alone.
4. Playing video games between parents and their kids or grandparent and grandkids can increase time together.
5. Products like KINECT Wheels and Cupcake Heaven will give wheelchair-bound adults access to motion-based games that are wheel-chair accessible.
6. New video games can gather data to help in the treatment of deadly diseases like Alzheimer. British researchers are hoping a new video game will produce valuable data to help diagnose the earliest signs of dementia. CBS News’ Teri Okita reports.
Some arguments are video games distant people from each other. And this can and does happen. Many gamers want to escape from people. This is sad. It doesn’t have to be this way.
When kids or young adults use video games as a way of isolation, parents and grandparents should be concerned. But all the blame is not the kids.
Taking the time to be involved our kids’ lives can go a long way in our relationships with them.
Video games can be a positive thing. We need to show more of an interest in what our kids do with their time.
Spending time together, talking to each other, or just blowing-up some zombies together can help improve our relationships with our kids, our grandkids, our families, and our friends.
Our interaction with each other is really the same it has been since creation. It is about our relationships.
It is not important what we do, but being together while we do it. Video gaming for adults is a new exciting conquest.
Whatever your fancy, climb in your jet plane, buckle up in your Indy race car, or armor up for your next opponent, let’s get with it my fellow older warriors.
Grandpa, Johnny, the Gray Wolf.