The importance of games on well being
Today, Jeannette decided to look into innovative technologies, and see if in addition a drive and a healthy occupation, it does not make us happy in the long run…
Indeed, technology reaches ever-higher levels of sophistication which makes it difficult to follow. All sectors are affected by these changes and the video game industry is the first to exploit the opportunities.
Indeed, every day thousands of video games are developed on tablets, laptops, desktop, smartphone, and many other platforms, each with its own specificity. There are war games, adventure, various sports, strategy and reflection.
Despite their controversial image, video games that children, teens and adults love to use daily stimulate many cognitive functions without even realizing it!
And their impact cannot be reduced to simple brain stimulation: video games may well be a vector of well-being and happiness at any age.
Video games: not just for kids
Whatever the age of the player, games provide access to many benefits: the ability to quickly develop strategies, strengthen social relations by playing in groups, develop creativity in new situations, cultivate and also to curb aging.
These benefits are valid for adults and seniors too! Playing with others promotes exchanges in good spirits and keeps us away from isolation. In addition, games encourage us to respond more spontaneously and thus to relax by focusing on a situation without thinking about our daily concerns: children are the proof!
Playing makes us happy
Video games are not just a source of endless entertainment. They are also a way to bring people together, to bond. And what is more important when you get older than to keep contact with your loved ones and to fight loneliness by meeting new people?
I found two studies, one from North Carolina University in the US and one from Griffith University in Australia that show that adults playing video games regularly (more than once a week) were more likely to express a feeling of happiness.
The study of North Carolina University interviewed 140 people aged 63 and over.
61% reported playing video games at least occasionally, with 35% playing at least once a week.
Video games also reduce the risk of depression by distracting the player, pulling him away from his negative thoughts and that’s a good news!
Video games serve seniors
Video games, as therapeutic means for seniors, could thus not only improve brain flexibility and memory, but also enable them to emerge from their isolation. They can play daily with others, and that should make them sharper.
Nothing better than playing : a healthy mix of brain training, exchanges and emotional well-being! Here are Dr. Jeannette’s orders: video games, such as those developed by DYNSEO, simple and intuitive, are to be consumed (almost) without moderation. And as I am playing, I agree with this study on the well-being !
Today we are just beginning to consider the use of these technological innovations, and I will keep you informed of all this life-changing progress.