Tuesday, September 16, 2008

97%? Huh...

97% of American kids play video games according to national survey from the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

"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"

This makes me wonder. What up with the last 3%? You'd think they'd at least have the chance to go to a friends and play. But all in all, this really speaks in volume for just how big a part of our culture gaming has become.

"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."

This doesn't surprise me, gaming has evolved from the mainly single player experience that it was into a very social activity. Even if you're playing a 1-player game on LIVE all your friends are right at your fingertips. In fact occasionally while playing through oblivion I would get bored walking and bring up a chat with a friend. Then of course, a giant draw to most games is multiplayer, and everyone loves a good split-screen match. Gaming really is a big reason that my friends and I get together as much as we do. It seems that more people are realizing that.

It's a pretty interesting read, especially if your a sucker for percentages and studies like me. So head on over to breitbart get the rest of the facts.

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