Why don’t senior citizens (70+) play video games?
According to a study by AARP, video games are becoming more popular among older adults.
More than one-third of seniors try new games regularly. Older adults use gaming to connect socially, maintain their mental sharpness, relieve stress, and have fun. Age 50-59 was the group where gameplay soared, the same generation that grew up with Atari and Ms.
Pac-Man. In the 2019 survey, 49 percent of that group played games. The percentage of adults aged 60-69 playing video games increased from 41 percent in 2016 to 44 percent in 2019. The rate of those 70 and older who played games increased by two percentage points, from 37 percent to 39 percent. The study also found a gender difference.
According to the survey, 49 percent of women 50 and older are gamers, compared to 40 percent of men. Video games are more popular with women, too, with 53 percent of them playing them every day, compared to just 39 percent of men.