Survey: Half Of Adults Play Games
We assume many of you out there have parents who still believe that gaming's "just for kids." We in the industry have known for quite some time that this is an archaic belief, but we're all painfully aware of just how out-of-touch (and unwavering) some parents - and anti-game activists - can be. Well, MSNBC may open a few eyes.
According to this article, more than half of adults in this country play video games on a frequent basis, and one in five actually play every day. This information comes from a recent survey released by the Pew Internet & American Life Project; the survey consisted of 2,054 adult participants, and it offered a variety of conclusions. Not surprisingly, while only 23% of adults aged 65 or older were likely to play games, 81% of adults between the ages of 18 and 29 consider gaming a fun pastime. As for teenagers, well...97% of them are into games, which isn't surprising in the slightest these days. Said Amanda Lenhart, senior research specialist at Pew:
"As various people become more accustomed to spending their entertainment time playing games, we will continue to see this spread throughout society. There are people who talk about games as a new genre, a new art form."
The article goes on to talk about the decreasing gender gap - more women are playing games than ever before - as 50% of women and 55% of men say they play video games. Then there's the discrepancy between education levels of gamers and non-gamers: although they're not trying to say games make a person smarter, 57% of those who said they played games in the survey attended college, and only 40% of them have less than a high school education. And although Lenhart said there is "no obvious" reason for this difference, we all know just how obvious it really is. I've discussed it many a time before, and I'll just sum it up simply now: the nerds have grown up. Duh.
12/8/2008 Ben Dutka