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Universal Appeal of Videogames, Reveals Pew Survey

by Savitha C Muppala on December 8, 2008 at 6:11 PM
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 Universal Appeal of Videogames, Reveals Pew Survey

A recent survey found that video games have a universal appeal , unlike what it is perceived to be - just for kids. The survey found that more than 50% of American adults play videogames with nearly one among five playing everyday.

According to the survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project of the Washington-based Pew Research Center, 53 percent of American adults aged 18 or older play videogames although the number decreases significantly with age.


Eighty-one percent of Americans aged between 18 and 29 play videogames, 60 percent of those aged between 30 and 49, 40 percent of those aged between 50 and 64 and just 23 percent of those aged 65 and older, the survey found.

Twenty-one percent of those surveyed said they play videogames every day or almost every day.

The survey found that while a substantial number of adults play videogames many more teenagers are gamers. A total of 97 percent of the teenagers surveyed said they play videogames.

Men are more likely than women to play videogames, according to Pew, by 55 percent to 50 percent respectively.

Education level is a predictor of videogame play with 57 percent of those with at least some college education playing games, 51 percent of high school graduates and 40 percent of those with less than a high school education.

For the study, videogame playing was defined as game-playing online, on a desktop or laptop computer, a game console, a cellphone, a handheld organizer or a portable gaming device.

Computers are the most popular equipment for adults who play videogames with 38 percent saying they play games on desktop or laptop computers.

Twenty-eight percent play on game consoles like the Xbox, PlayStation or the Wii, 18 percent on cellphones or handheld organizers and 13 percent on portable gaming devices.

Teenagers were much more likely to play videogames on game consoles with 89 percent saying they used consoles to play games.

Internet users were significantly more likely to play games than those who are not online, the study found, with 64 percent of Web users playing games compared with just 20 percent of non-Internet users.

Parents are more likely to play videogames than non-parents with 66 percent of parents or guardians of children 17 years old or younger playing games compared with 47 percents of adults who are not parents.

Teenagers are much more likely than adults to play games online with 76 percent of all teens saying they play games online compared with just 23 percent of all adults.

Pew said the data on teenagers was based on a survey of 1,102 teens conducted between November 2007 and February 2008.

The data on adults was based on surveys of between 1,063 and 2,054 adults between October 2007 and December 2007. The various surveys had margins of error of between plus or minus two percent and plus or minus three percent.

Source: AFP

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