97% Of American Youth Play Video Games

A national survey from the Pew Internet & American Life Project 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. Nearly 2/3 play video games to socialize face-to-face with friends and family, while just over 1/4 said they play with Internet friends.

  • 97% of the young respondents play video games. That’s 99% of boys and 94% of girls.
  • 7% didn’t have a computer at home.
  • 80% play 5 or more different game genres, with racing, puzzles, sports and action the most common.
    Favorites were Guitar Hero, Halo 3, Madden NFL, Solitaire and Dance Dance Revolution.
  • Half of the boys and& 14% of the girls listed a game with an "M" or "AO" rating as one of their favorites.

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