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Yet Another Study Finds Videogames a Social Experience

A study of 1,102 young Americans aged 12-17, conducted by Pew Internet & American Life Project nearly all teenagers play video games in some form or another be it on a PC, console or cellphone and that more and more teenagers are playing games with either friends in the room or playing games online with people they know in real life.

The Pew study showed that 94 percent of the teenagers surveyed played video games and 50 percent of those claiming to have played a game the previous day. That aside the study showed that 65 percent of game-playing teens play games with people in the same room and only a quarter of kids only play games alone. 40 percent of those who play online said they play with people they know in real life at least some of the time.

So kids are gaming with each other, big deal, right? What’s perhaps more interesting is that parents were also surveyed and among all the numbers of who monitors or restricts what, there were some interesting figures about mature content in video games.

62 percent of parents believe that games do not effect their children in a negative way however apparently parents who say their children do not play video games tend to believe that video games have a negative influence on young people. 58 percent of parents who say their children do not play video games say that video games are a negative influence, compared with 4 percent who say video games have a positive influence.

Results showed consoles to be the most popular platform, with PCs/Laptops, handhelds and cellphones placing 2nd 3rd and 4th respectively. Results showed the the top three genres to be racing games like Mario Kart, puzzles like Tetris and Solitaire and sports games such as FIFA.