People 50+ Report Bejeweled Blitz Makes Them Sharper. But, is This Really the Case?

PopCap’s Bejeweled may be one of the most addictive games around. It is available for a wide variety of platforms including the iPhone, Facebook and Google+. Now comes word that the game may not only be good to play but good for you as you get older. Note, however, that this study conducted at the University of Massachusetts Amherst was funded by PopCap.

Bejeweled Blitz Could Be A Cognitive Training Tool For Adults 50+

The results of the study included more than 10,000 adults. 41% of the people who responded were over 50 years old. 47% of these people over 50 reported feeling sharper after playing Bejeweled Blitz while 23.9% of those 65 or older believed their pattern recognition had improved.

While these reports are interesting, there does not appear to be any empirical data to support these reported beliefs. You could also, for example, find that people believe they are better drivers when texting while driving while studies show the opposite is the case.

Bejeweled 2 + Blitz (iTunes App Store)