The Impacts of Video Games on Successful Aging

Xiexin GENG, Zongkui ZHOU, Hua WEI, Gengfeng NIU
2014 Advances in Psychological Science  
Aging has become a worldwide issue. Researchers have gradually realized the positive impacts of video games on older people as the considerable development of digital technology and the rapid popularization of video games. In the gaming, cognitive functioning can be trained, which may delay cognitive aging; mental health can be improved by experiencing positive emotions and interacting with others. Online video games can also enhance social functioning and capability of older people by
more » ... g social interaction and expanding social network. Moreover, interactive video games can also provide older people more chances for their physical exercises. On this basis, future research should further explore the following issues: more comprehensive impacts that video games bring to successful aging; gender differences of older players in video gaming; the Chinese cultural context should also be taken into consideration in the research. Our research should also provide advices for the video game design particularly suitable for older users.
doi:10.3724/sp.j.1042.2014.00295 fatcat:jvpvu4mg3rcxzh7nrnneccunbu