This portion of the series is dedicated to all you gamers out there. Just when you’re wondering why you can’t put down the controller, this probably help explains it.
Make new connections. From your console.
Gaming has been shown to build stronger connections. Now, we’re not giving you an excuse to lock yourself in a dark room for days on end, ignoring the world. But, the Pew Research Center found gaming an integral part of connectivity for teens, especially boys. For online teen gamers, 78% say gaming makes them feel more connected to friends they already have. That number represents 42% of teens between ages 13 and 17. Over half say they feel more connected to gamers who aren’t their offline friends. For 38% of boys who game, their handle is among the first three pieces of information they share with someone they’re hoping to befriend. That’s significant.
And, this connections isn’t only for teens. According to a 2015 study on the topic of aging, the use of video games enhanced senior citizens’ feelings of social connectivity. A Wii Bowling tournament led to increased social and physical activity among aging participants. They reported feeling less lonely and more connected. They got to know several neighbors living in their community they’d never met. Some even turned former acquaintances into life-long besties. Cool, huh?
So, whether you’re gaming with granny, Skyping with friends across the globe or building empathy through the diversity of ideas on your Twitter feed, when used correctly, technology can be a tool for good. We’re sure of it.