Apologies to the over-50 crowd for our surprise: according to a study conducted by the Entertainment Software Association, 48% of American adults aged 50 or over say they play video games. And not just occasionally - nearly half of them play on a daily basis.
Jason Allaire, Ph.D, associate professor of Psychology at North Carolina State University, says "there is no longer a 'stereotype game player,' but instead a game player could be your grandparent, your boss or even your professor." He continues, "I suspect that the percentage of older adults playing video games will rise as Baby Boomers enter retirement, increasing the focus on positive effects of playing games."
Unlike previous generations, Baby Boomers are familiar with the gaming industry - it's something they've grown up with - which might explain why older adults now are so much more interested in gaming than their parents. Read more about the study and its findings at GameZone.