The following chart reflects the breakdown of people who play video games:
Overview: Whose Playing Video Games?
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% and growing.
4. Households that own a device exclusively for playing video games: 48%.
5. The average number of years gamers have been playing is 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 usually don’t associate with playing video games.
I predict this percentage will rise because of aging baby-boomers and other age groups as they age. (Let’s face it, older adults playing video games is becoming a larger 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 we start losing strength 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 includes living alone, having a small social network, infrequent participation in social activities, and feelings of loneliness. All these factors can pose serious health risks for older adults.
5. Depression: All the above red flags or even 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 playing video games with my granddaughter, Sierra, helps my “state of mind” tremendously .
I hope together we can explore new and exciting ways to take advantage of this modern technology we call “Video Gaming”.
Let’s have some fun together or maybe just take the sting 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 to play video games 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’s 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 grandparents and grand kids can increase quality time together.
5. Products like KINECT’s 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 new video games will produce valuable data to help diagnose the earliest signs of Dementia, CBS News’ Teri Okita reports.
Some arguments against video games say they distant people from each other. This can and does happen way too often. Many gamers want to escape from people and the pressures of life. This is so 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 the blame should not always be dumped on our kids.
Taking the time to be involved our kid’s lives can go a long way in our relationships with them. This includes are aging family members as well.
Video games can be a positive thing. We need to show more of an interest in what our kids and aging relatives 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 grand kids, our parents, our grandparents, our families, and our friends.
Our interaction with each other is really the same way it has been since the beginning of time. It’s about our RELATIONSHIPS with each other.
It is not important what we do, but being together while we do it is the key. Video gaming for adults (especially older adults) can be a new and exciting adventure.
So gamers, let’s climb in your jet plane, buckle up in your Indy race car, or armor up for your next demon opponent. Let’s get with it my fellow older Gaming Warriors.
Age is only a number!!!
Grandpa, johnny, the Grey Wolf.