Millions of older folks have been pulled in by expensive video games.
There is a growing number of elderly Americans who are refusing to call it quits. Senior folks around the nation are spending large sums of money on video games, claiming that they keep their minds active and help them connect with their younger relatives.
Published on Tuesday, FandomSpot released a fresh survey with the results. Results challenge the generally known belief that video games are mostly enjoyed by teenagers and young adults.
According to a statement supplied by FandomSpot, “Old folks want to have fun, not simply sit on the porch and watch the leaves fall.” According to the researchers, “this study may even motivate more elderly individuals to try gaming for some of the advantages identified by their contemporaries.”
Nearly half of the 1,000 gamers aged 65 and above surveyed by the site had spent at least $500 on consoles, games, and accessories in the previous year.
Over seventy percent of those surveyed claimed the games helped them maintain “a healthy, youthful mind,” while more than three-quarters said they improved their social ties. This conclusion also dispels the myth that video games cause people to become more socially isolated and antisocial.
Half of those polled thought video games had a positive impact on their mental health.
AARP published a survey in 2019 that found that video games were “exploding” in popularity among those over the age of 50. The number of senior players increased from 40.2 million in 2016 to 50.6 million in 2019, according to the organization.
Millions of elderly Americans may have taken up play as a result of the ensuing coronavirus outbreak and tight stay-at-home orders, according to FandomSpot surveys.
The epidemic led to Nintendo’s “Animal Crossing” becoming a favorite hobby for some elderly people who were afraid to go outside for fear of contracting the coronavirus.
An 88-year-old granny became addicted to video game creation thanks to the support of a video game creator.
In the meanwhile, the FandomSpot poll also indicated that older folks in the United States like violent video games like “Call of Duty.”
Survey respondents reported that 58 percent of them played video games on a PlayStation, but many of them also played on their cellphones.
The online jigsaw game Candy Crush was the most popular game among Americans 65 and older, with Wordle coming in second.