In the past, I’ve always been a little hesitant to admit (in public) that I enjoy playing video games. It just seems like there has always been a social stigma for adults who are gamers. Thats all changed.
I’m here now to say it loud:
“I’m 30, have a bunch of gaming consoles, enjoy going to computer arenas and have grown up as a “gamer” my entire life.”
In other words, I’m a geek, and according to a recent survey by Pew Internet
In fact, in the video game survey, over half (53%) of adults reported playing video games. I’m not as big a geek as I thought, or at the very least, I’m in the majority of geeks out there who like to play games on consoles or the computer.
According to the survey, people from all walks of life enjoy the “escape” a little gaming provides. In all, 81% of respondents between 18 and 29 said they play games. Another survey by the same organization also notes that almost every teenager (97%) of teenagers are gamers as well….proof that video games have turned into a mainstream entertainment that crosses generational gaps.
A few other stats from the video game survey:
- 50 % of adult women play
- 55% of adult men play
- 23% of people 65 and older play
- 57% of adult gamers went to at least some college
- 66% of adult gamers have children under 17 years old
I don’t think it will be anytime soon before I announce at a corporate dinner (during my day job) that I’ve been ripping through Wookies in the Force Unleashed or kicking the crap out of Japs in Call of Duty: World at War. However, I’m content to say, it looks like I’m not alone in bringing my childhood joys with me into my adult life.
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