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?