Social Benefits of Digital Gaming for Older Adults: The Example of Wii Bowling

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Thesis type
(Dissertation) Ph.D.
Date created
2016-03-21
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Abstract
This research study investigated whether playing a digital game, Wii Bowling, with others can enhance the social lives of older adults. Our research used a mixed methods approach. Quantitative results showed that participants’ perceptions of social connectedness increased and loneliness declined over an 8-week period. Qualitative results described participants’ positive perceptions of their interactions with others, conversations with family and friends, social connections, and the team experience relating to playing in the multi-week, multi-location Wii Bowling tournament.
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etd9657
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Thesis advisor: Kaufman, David
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