Children's Advocacy Group Common Sense Media has released a new survey of parents (conducted by Knowledge Networks) that shows 17 percent of five to eight-year-olds game every day, while 81 percent have played games during their lifetime. That number drops to 51 percent when parents of the entire group (from birth to eight-years-old) were asked the same question.
The survey found that around 74 percent of children's screen time is predominantly spent watching television, compared to 10 percent with video games and 13 percent using a home computer.
Around 67 percent owned a home console, with 24 percent owning a handheld gaming device, and 29 percent owning an educational gaming device.
The study, which polled 1,384 parents in the United States, also saw a difference in the habits of boys and girls. Boys (56 percent) were more likely to play video games than girls (46 percent), have a video game player in their bedroom (14 percent for boys vs. 7 percent for girls), and to play console video games every day (14 percent for boys vs. 5 percent for girls).
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