A Questionnaire-Based Study on the Perceptions of Canadian Seniors about Cognitive, Social, and Psychological Benefits of Digital Games

Emmanuel Duplàa, David Kaufman, Louise Sauvé, Lise Renaud

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Abstract

Objective: This study explored the perceptions of seniors who play digital games on the potential benefits of these games and on the factors associated with these perceptions. Materials and Methods: We developed and administered a questionnaire to a sample of 590 Canadian seniors in British Columbia and Quebec that addressed demographics, digital game practices, and perceived benefits. Results: Results of administering the questionnaire showed that cognitive benefits were reported more frequently than social or psychological benefits. First language and gender were associated with the benefits reported, with fewer Francophones and women reporting benefits. The most important factor found was whether or not they played online, as playing online was associated with greater perceptions of social, as well as cognitive, benefits. Conclusion: Social and cognitive benefits are reported by seniors from playing digital games and should be investigated through future experimental and quasi-experimental research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-178
Number of pages8
JournalGames for health journal
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cognitive health
  • Digital games
  • Online gameplay
  • Social networks
  • Well-being

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