Technology Square eyes, full hands, can’t lose: How video games are changing Australia

Square eyes, full hands, can’t lose: How video games are changing Australia

Long gone is the stereotype of the lonely teenage gamer, and it’s not just young kids glued to Fortnite either.

A new study shows two-thirds of all Australians play video games, and for a broader range of reasons than ever.

Australians of all generations are picking up their devices and delving into the gaming world to learn new skills, maintain social connection and boost emotional wellbeing.

The Digital Australia 2020 report, conducted by Bond University in conjunction with the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association, also found video games are increasingly popular amongst older Australians.

More than 40 per cent of the over-65s play video games, with the majority doing so to boost their mental stimulation.

Games are also being used to learn in schools and workplaces – a development Bond University Professor Dr Jeff Brand says is critical in the new digital economy.

“Games are increasingly appreciated for their diverse applications – people play to educate and upskill themselves, to stay socially and emotionally connected, as a motivator to stay fit, and to reduce stress,” he said.

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