What do Americans think of computing gaming and gamers? Major differences revealed in new Pew study


Bryan Alexander

Who plays computer games, and what does it mean?  Pew Research has a new study of American attitudes with some fascinating results.  This is important stuff for anyone interested in gaming and education.  A major takeaway is that Americans are quite divided over the realities of game play and how we perceive it.

Let me pick out some of the highlights.

Computer gaming, a photo by Blake PattersonGaming is fairly widespread, but few people call themselves gamers.  “About half of American adults (49%) ‘ever play video games on a computer, TV, game console, or portable device like a cellphone,’ and 10% consider themselves to be ‘gamers.’”  Put another way, America is split in half between those who play computer games and those who do not.

The gender of game players is balanced, but most Americans don’t realize it:

A majority of American adults (60%) believe that most people who play video games are men – a…

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