hot  /  reviews  /  video  /  blogs  /  forum

97% of teens play videogames, remaining three are in comas

1:00 PM on 06.07.2009 // Matthew Razak

Did you know that videogames were kind of a big deal? Evidently they're immensely popular with teenagers these days. Those younguns don't know how the games will rot their brains and eat their souls so they play them. In fact, according to a Fall 2008 study on videogames and their civic influences conducted by PewResearch Center, 97 percent of teens play videogames of some sort (99 percent of boys and 94 percent of girls). Now, this of course means anything from Gears of War to Tetris on your phone, but it's still a big number.

Also according to the study, 50 percent of all teens have played a videogame in the past day and 86 percent of them played that game on a console while 73 percent play them on a computer. Even cell phone games have a strong showing with 48 percent. As for the main purpose of the research it turns out that your civic outcomes aren't affected by how much you play videogames, meaning no matter how much gaming you do you won't become a better person through quantity of games played.

However, one can become a better person by playing certain types of games. The study found that if you play games with others in the room you are apt to be more civic minded, whereas if you simply play online your inclinations are not as civic minded. So if you're looking to do good in the world gather some friends together and bust out the Wii Sports or Halo, evidently it will make you a better person.

 




 Reblog (or) Blog Reply

Matthew Razak, Contributor
 Follow Blog + disclosure Tips
Monday reviews aren't on Monday. It's old school, trust me. OK, so I've been and editor for a while now. I probably should fill this part in a bit more fully. I've been here a while. In most a... more   |   staff directory

Get more destructoid:   We're indie-run, blogging for the love of it, and our site will always be free. Optionally, you can support us and get: (1) Faster pages from our cloud server (3) Wide(r)screen (3) No big ads on Dtoid, Japanator, Tomopop, or Flixist (4) Auto contest entries, and (5) Dibs on betas & downloads. Try it out

 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our moderators, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding *.disqus.com to your whitelists.


  Around the web (login to improve these)




Back to Top


We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -