Survey: 97 percent of American youth play video games

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Survey: 97 percent of American youth play video games

The survey found that while young Americans don't necessarily play the same thing, nearly all of them -- girls included -- play video games of one kind or another.

And they don't just play by themselves. Nearly two-thirds play video games to socialize face-to-face with friends and family, while just over a quarter said they play with Internet friends.

"It shows that gamers are social people," says Amanda Lenhart, a senior researcher at Pew who led the report on the survey. "They communicate just as much. They spend time face-to-face, just as much as other kids. They e-mail and text."

The survey, released Tuesday, combined the telephone responses from a nationally representative sample of 1,102 young people, ages 12 to 17, and their parents. Performed from November 2007 through February of this year, and partly funded by the MacArthur Foundation, it had a margin of error of three percentage points.

Among other things, the survey found that:

-- Ninety-seven percent of young respondents play video games. That's 99 percent of boys and 94 percent of girls, with little difference in the percentages among various racial and ethnic groups and incomes. In fact, 7 percent of those surveyed said they didn't have a computer at home, but did have a game console, such as Playstation, Xbox, or Wii.

-- They play often. When surveyed, half of the respondents said they had played a video game the previous day.

-- Their games of choice are as diverse as their tastes in music or TV. Eighty percent of respondents play five or more different game genres, with racing, puzzles, sports and action the most common. Favorites were "Guitar Hero," "Halo 3," "Madden NFL," solitaire and "Dance Dance Revolution."

-- Young people are routinely able to get their hands on games that are rated "M" (for mature) or "AO" (adults only). Three-quarters of parents who were surveyed said they "always" or "sometimes" check the ratings on their kids' games. And yet, half of boys who were questioned listed a game with an "M" or "AO" rating as one of their favorites, compared with 14 percent of girls.

Pulled this from CNN this morning.... I'm not sure if such high numbers are a good thing... I mean, don't get me wrong. I love my videogames and don't know what I would do without them.... But the fact that almost every child in america is playing video games..... Thats taking away from studies, outdoor time, fitness, etc... What are the thoughts of GuGees here? Is this alarming? Not a suprise?



Re: Survey: 97 percent of American youth play video games

First off everyone should always be wary of these 'studies' on any given subject. they're are almost always wrong.


I'm not suprised at all.I would say most kids play games for sure though, I dont know about 97 percent but i'd say around three quaters or so from my experience. I've been playing games consistantly since I was 5 years old, so I guess you could consider me a big fan. The ratio of boys to girls has always been way lopsided, though it depends on how you look at it. Most boy gamers will play more stuff and play for longer than most girl gamers. Its also important to note than games are still pretty much looked at as a 'kid's thing' by people who dont play them or arent into the scene at all, which is not true at all, In fact many adults I know play games. Since this generation of consoles is making big leaps with networking, you'll probably see more people, younger and older, playing at least casually.

I wouldn't say its alarming at all. I turned out good right???

seriously its not like their out on street or getting high, I dont see why some people think its a bad thing. As far as it causing obesity, please get off it. Don't stuff your face, get out an exercise and you wont be fat no matter how many games you play, its that simple.


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