New Research: Nearly All Teens Play Video Games
Well, it's official, I guess: Nearly all teens play video games.
No, seriously. A recent study, conducted Pew Internet & American Life Project, has found that 99 percent of boys and 94 percent of girls play video games on a regular basis. Half of the 1,102 kids, ages 12 to 17, polled had played one within the last 24 hours.
The video game industry often sings the praises of its ratings system, designed to steer kids away from inappropriate content. But, eek, half the boys surveyed listed a game rated by the industry's system as "mature" as one of their favorites.
So, is gaming a social or anti-social activity? Looks like the answer is: Both. Or, neither. Some 76 percent of gaming teens play games with others at least some of the time; on the other hand, 82 percent play games alone at least occasionally, according to the recently-published study, an initiative of
the Pew Research Center; more findings about the video game survey is available here.
September 17, 2008; 4:05 PM ET
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