Wednesday, September 17, 2008
I wonder what the other 3% are doing?
Survey: 97% 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."
Despite what some people might hope for, there's no going back. Gaming is a way of life for American youth. But as we know, it isn't all bad!