Video Game Stats – Not Pretty!

A topic that has come up a few times in the past few weeks has been video games. Now, in my household, I don’t allow most video games. A few years ago I finally broke down and we got a PS2 with the whole Guitar Hero setup. However, I absolutely refuse to allow violent video games into my home. Since then, we have upgraded to the Wii, which we have a few educational / non-violent games for. For the most part I kick my kids outside and tell them to go use their imaginations and get some exercise!

I decided to look up some gaming statistics, and I wasn’t all that surprised, but I figured I share them with you.

According to the Education Database Online, 65% of US households play video games. Of which 25% are under 18, 49% are ages 18 – 49, and 26% are over 50. The average age of the gamer is 32, and 2 out of 5 gamers are female. What kind of disgusted me is that 18 hours is the average time spent PER WEEK by gamers playing video games.

Some other, possibly more disturbing, statistics reported in the article Interesting Statistic About Video Games include: almost 9% of child gamers are pathologically or clinically “addicted” to playing video games, the average child from 8-12 years old plays 13 hours of video games per week on average, and this increases to 14 hours per week for children ages 13 – 18.

My kids are apparently not the ‘norm’ out of gamers. They (all hours totaled for each of my 5 children) only play an average of 1 hour of video games a MONTH!!! There are many months where they don’t play any video games at all. Now, I’m not saying that anyone is a bad parent for allowing their children to play video games…I’m saying that I prefer my children not to. I’d rather they go outside, get fresh air, exercise, and use their imagination rather than sitting in front of the TV playing video games.

Do your kids play video games? If so, what is the average time per week or month that your children play?

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  1. Well, I've always liked video and computer games…I am a player and very much enjoy them. My kids have gone through phases where they would play too much…but there were reasons for that…related to family stuff, adjustment in new schools, limited funds on our part, and unfortunately here where I live, summer break means temperatures unfit for humans, so…other than the pool or playing with friends indoors, the options for activities are limited, or else quite expensive. Anyway, these days the kids play regularly but spend much more time with friends, even indoors, drawing, making videos, reading, running around, etc. I don't have anything against video games, except the violent ones which are not allowed, but I think it is very unhealthy for people to spend so much time playing them, or else watching TV, which is another problem. My kids do have fun sharing games with each other, or with their dad, and even with me, so we do have quality time even in those moments. But even they realize that too much is not something desirable, and they're reaching out for other ways to entertain themselves or have fun, which is nice to see. I also encourage the kids to play creative games…some are suggested and related to school activities, and they're enjoyable and educational. I think one of the big problems with kids spending so much time playing games or watching TV is that parents work long hours, come home tired, and frankly the entertainment/fun as a family is very limited. Parents are bored, kids are bored, and everyone reaches for the most stimulation with the least amount of effort. So I think parents are very much to blame, but then again, it's also the whole system here, a lifestyle that allows for very little free time, one that is stressful especially these days when people are struggling economically and have to hold several jobs…not easy. Thanks for the statistics, and reminder that we really need to pay attention to what we do and our kids do, because sometimes we don't realize how our time is spent.

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