More than 50 percent of American households believe that video games help families spend more quality time together, according to the new Entertainment Software Association report, "Essential Facts About the Computer and Video Games Industry" (PDF). Around 68 percent of parents surveyed who had children under the age of 18 in their household also said that gaming provides mental stimulation and education to children.
"Parents across America recognize the widespread benefits of video games, including education, mental stimulation, and the bonding opportunities they create for families, said Michael D. Gallagher, president and CEO of ESA in the report. "Video games are a favorite pastime enjoyed by men and women of all ages, and millions worldwide who share their game play experiences with friends and family."
Around 95 percent of parents said that they pay close attention to the types of content found in the game their children are playing, and 91 percent of parents accompany their children when they rent or buy a game.
Other interesting data in the report:
- 59 percent of Americans play video games.
- There are an average of two gamers in each game-playing household.
- The average gaming household has at least one dedicated game console, pc, or smartphone.
- 51 percent of U.S. households own a dedicated game console, and those that do own an average of 2.
- Of those households that own a device to play video games, 58 percent play on a console, 53 percent on a smart phone, and 41 percent on a wireless device.
- Smartphone and wireless device use increased by 22 and 37 percent, respectively, over 2012.
- The average American gamer is 31-years-old.
- Women age 18 or older represent a significantly greater portion of the game-playing population (36 percent) than boys age 18 or younger (17 percent).
- The number of female gamers age 50 and older increased by 32 percent from 2012 to 2013.
- The average number of years gamers have been playing video games: 14.
- Adult gamers have been playing for an average of 16 years, with adult men averaging 18 years and adult women averaging 13 years.
- The average age of the most frequent game purchaser is 35.
You can check out all the data from this extensive report here.