New AOL/AP poll shows 40% of American adults play video games

8 May 2006
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Some surprising statistics from a new AOL/Associated Press poll shows 40% of American adults play games on a computer or a console. A significant percentage which shows the continuing importance of video games as a medium. Men, younger adults and minorities were most likely to play.

5 percent of gamers play over the Internet, and those who do are notably more ‘hardcore’ than those who do not. Forty-two percent of online gamers spent four hours or more per week playing games, but only 26% of offline gamers did similarly.

The AP/AOL survey also revealed that, of those who play online games, almost one in five said they had formed real-life friendships or relationships with those they play with online, showing the use of gaming as a social activity, even when playing remotely against others.

Another notable statistic involved what the survey dubbed ‘hardcore gamers’ – in this case, people who play games for three or more hours per week. By this relatively low-threshold definition of the hardcore gamer, many of this group actually spent relatively little on games – 60% spent $200 or less per year.

The AP-AOL Games poll of 3,024 U.S. adults, including 1,046 gamers, was conducted by Ipsos, an international polling firm, on April 18-20 and 24-27. For the gamers, the poll has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.


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