More than 214 million Americans now play video games, and there is at least one gamer in 75% of American households. If you think you’re not one of them, think again. A gamer isn’t only someone who sits on a sofa with a controller in their hands and headphones on their ears for hours on end. If you play Candy Crush Saga or any game on your phone for even a few minutes each week, you’re also a gamer.
Though different generations may approach gaming differently, this pastime has become popular with folks of all ages.
In the following sections, we look at the benefits of gaming for each age group and share tips to keep in mind for ensuring an optimal experience.
Much has been made of the disadvantages of kids playing video games, including reduced activity and isolation, but gaming can provide many benefits to children:
Parents can help their kids find the right games by keeping these tips in mind:
Children can continue to derive benefits from gaming in their teen years:
Parents can help their teens play games in healthy ways by keeping these tips in mind:
Gaming is beneficial for adults as well. Here are some advantages for young adult and middle-aged gamers:
If your last experience with playing a video game was Pac-Man in the 1980s, you may not know where to begin with today’s games. Not to worry! There are many games suitable for your stage of life and resources for getting the most out of them. For starters, consider the following tips:
Older adults can also derive significant benefits from gaming. Here are just a few:
Seniors can learn from tips from the previous section for finding games to play. Here are some additional ones specifically well suited to this age group: