Today’s Generation? Nearly All Kids Play Video Games

Were you one of the only kids in your class to have their name on the leaderboard at the local arcade’s Pac-Man arcade table or cabinet? If the current generation of young adults and children were transported back to your time, this probably wouldn’t be the case. In today’s world, video games aren’t a niche hobby – they are played by almost every single kid and teen in America.

Kids and Teens Have Found a New Favorite Pastime

According to a survey conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, 99 percent of boy respondents and 94 percent of girl respondents between the ages of 12 and 17 play some sort of video game on a regular basis. While that may not be surprising if you are the parent of a child in this age group, what may surprise you is that even if a child doesn’t have a computer at home, which 7 percent of those who responded did not, they still had a gaming console, which was used frequently.

It’s hard to pin down any specific genre of game that draws in the younger generation mainly because the options are so diverse. The most common gaming categories reported were puzzle games, action games, racing games and sports games, but 80 percent of kids play five or more different titles regularly.

What About the Adults?

Sure, you were a member of a small sect of gamers back in your middle and high school days, but that is no longer the case. Adults are getting in on the action too, whether prompted by their children or due to the prevalence of smartphone use.

81 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 play video games, and 60 percent of those between the ages of 30 and 49 game on a regular basis as well. What is even more interesting? 23 percent of those over age 65 play video games as well.

While studies aren’t always the best indicators of an industry’s success, in this case it seems accurate – gaming has permeated American culture and it is here to stay.