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Who Plays Video Games?

More adult women play video games than do teenage boys. Despite the stereotype of the average video game player being a teenage boy or college male, the average video game player is actually 37 years old. In fact, more than 80 percent of video game players are 18 or older, and about 40 percent of them are women — boys 17 and younger represent less than 15 percent of all video game players.

More facts about the gaming community:

  • More than 90 percent of people 17 and younger play video or computer games, and they make up more than 40 percent of physical gaming software sales. About 45 percent of parents play video games with their children at least once a week.

  • About one-third of video gamers are 50 or older. This number grew almost 10 percent between 1999 and 2011.

  • Around one-fifth of frequent video game players pay to play online, but role-playing or multi-player universe games account for only about one-third of online play. About half of online gameplay comes from puzzles, card games or trivia games.

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Chmander
Post 3

Being a busy college student, I really don't have time for video games. However, I am able to play them if I manage my time wisely. This is especially true on the weekends, where I have a lot more free time than I do on the weekdays. On another note, even when I have more than enough time for video games, I play around four hours a day, though it's not in one sitting. I play one hour in the morning, afternoon, evening, and night. It's a good balance between entertainment and my daily tasks.

RoyalSpyder
Post 2

@Viranty - I agree with you to an extent. However, I feel that people (specifically adults) can play video games if they manage their time wisely enough. In other words, they shouldn't spend too little time play video games, but yet, they shouldn't spend countless hours either. It kind of works both ways.

Viranty
Post 1

Does anyone else feel that people spend way too much time on video games? I don't mind them every now and them, but generally speaking, they're pretty time consuming, and a huge waste of time. I can understand why children would want to play on them a lot. After all, they have a lot of free time, and not even a care in the world. However, in the adult life, it's a different story. There's college to attend, bills to pay, and a family to take care of.

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