New Research: Adults & Videogames
In September, Pew internet & American Life revealed some research about kids and videogames. Now the non-profit research organization is revealing some figures about how many grown-ups participate in the pastime.
Perhaps not too surprisingly, it turns out that younger people are more likely to play videogames than older people. While 81 percent of folks between 18 and 29, that percentage goes down about 20 percentage points per decade. That is, 60 percent of thirtysomethings, 40 percent of fortysomethings, and so on. Younger people are more likely to play on videogame consoles like the Xbox and older people are more likely to play games on computers.
The research found a slight correlation between education and gaming habits; people with college degrees are more likely to play videogames than those without.
Amanda Lenhart, senior research specialist, said that one possibly unexpected finding was that the level of participation in this pastime is about equal between the genders. Overall, about 55 percent of men play videogames -- compared to 50 percent of women.
"That's a little counterintuitive for people who don't play videogames," she said.
The study was based on a pool size of over 2,000 randomly selected Americans.
December 7, 2008; 4:00 PM ET
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