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Survey: 97 percent of American youth play video games

AP – “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.”

97%?  Holy Cow.

2 Responses to “Survey: 97 percent of American youth play video games”

  1. Keri
    September 16, 2008 at 6:24 pm #

    Most studies of video games also include casual computer gaming. I read somewhere that the largest growing group of video gamers are actually middle aged women playing Solitaire on the computer.

    97% of 12-17 year olds playing video games isn’t a surpise at all when you include TextTwist, Bejeweled, Club Penguin, etc. in with DDR, Guitar Hero, and Halo.

    I don’t know the exact number but I imagine the number of 18-35 year olds who play video games under those guidelines is probably in the 80% range.

  2. steev
    September 18, 2008 at 12:14 pm #

    So then my question is: when are video games (console games especially) going to get the collection development funds they need in public libraries? Most of the libraries I know of are hurting for money and I can only imagine the PR nightmare of trying to justify spending thousands of dollars on video games. Where is that money coming from? The book budget? Maybe it’ll take another generation before console games are accepted as a necessary expense for libraries; much like DVDs are today.

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