SNAPSHOT: Australian dreaming – the state of digital gaming

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Digital gaming has many benefits including tuning out to daily stress, building connections to other people, developing creativity and hopefully holding off dementia in the aged, according to the latest study in Australia.

The Interactive Games and Entertainment Association has just released its annual study, Digital Australia 2018, on the state of digital gaming.

The study is based on a survey of 1234 Australian households and 3135 individuals of all ages with a focus on demographics, behaviours and attitudes.

Here’s a snapshot of the findings:


Almost every home in Australia has a device for playing video games.

And households with children are slightly more likely to have video games than those without (97% compared with 93%).

But it’s not just the young who love games.

One 48-year-old man surveyed said: “(Games) help me to bond with people who I love, especially in my family. They also help me to relax and tune out from stresses in my life, and they can recharge my batteries in that sense. It may sound a bit pathetic at my age (48), but games also allow me to dream.”

A 79-year-old man: “Games keep my brain active in my senior years (and hopefully delay any dementia). They also provide some satisfaction when completed successfully and fill the time in my stay-at-home days.”

A 63-year-old man: “I simply like to indulge in a fantasy game where I can be what I want to be without reference to other people’s opinions or constraints. I want to be a hero in so far as I am concerned.”

A 29-year-old woman: “Games are the best way for some people to connect and get along short and long distance.
Now with online gaming you can also keep in contact with family or friends.”

A 37-year-old man: “Video games help me develop creativity, explore virtual life … meet new people online and share the same interest.”