Gaming Addiction
Facts about gaming addiction
  • Approximately 4 million people suffer from video gaming addiction in the United States and well over 25 million worldwide with South Korea having one the highest rates of video gaming addiction.
  • Did you know the average gamer in the USA is now 30 years old and more than 37 percent of gamers are older than 36? The Entertainment Software Association (or ESA) distributed their 2012 Essential Facts About the Computer and Video Game Industry report on June 5, 2012, highlighting a basic demographic profile for American gamers.
  • How are people in the US playing games? 49 percent of US households have a video gaming console, and more than 30 percent of people said they play games on a smartphone. This is up from 20 percent in the previous year and likely gaming addiction on smartphones has already taken off.
  • What types of games are people playing to feed their gaming addiction? This study highlighted that 33 percent of US gamers are playing social games with 15 percent playing online games. Out of this percentage, we expect that the highest profile of gaming addiction and our research is attempting to answer this question.
  • How do parents feel about video games? 40 percent of parents said they game with their children at least once a week, and 66 percent said that they were mentally stimulated by this gaming experience. .
  • How much did people in the US spend on gaming last year? Over $25 billion in 2011 was spent on games and equipment alone. This is more than was spent at the box office!
  • Approximately 10% of gamers show signs of addiction or report problems resulting from playing video games each year.
  • Consumers spent $25.1 billion on game content, hardware and accessories in 2010.
  • There are now nearly 35 million active Xbox LIVE members worldwide spending an average of almost 60 hours a month on the service.
  • Cumulatively Xbox LIVE members are now logging 2.1 billion entertainment hours a month.
  • In the first four months of 2011, Xbox 360 has seen a 29 % year over year increase in sales.
  • Worldwide sales of PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system reached a total of 70 million units(*1) as of April 27 2011.
  • 45 % of parents report playing computer and video games with their children at least weekly.
  • 57 % believe games encourage their family to spend time together.
  • 54 % believe that game play helps their children connect with their friends.
  • More than half (55 %) of gamers play games on their phones or handheld devices
  • 72% of American households play computer or video games.
  • Average age is 37. 18% under 18, 53% 18-49, 29% 50+
  • 72 % of American households play video games and 82 % of gamers are adults.
  • 42 % of gamers are women and that women age 18 or older represent more than one third of the game-playing population.

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