Kids Aged 2 to 17 Are Ardent Gamers; Study Finds 91 Percent are into Gaming

October 12, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Recession or not, the gaming industry has proved to be successful enough in drawing fans by the millions. A recent survey has put forth some amazing results. Contrary to expectations, the gaming world seems to be an alluring space for the kids.

As per the findings, 91 percent of kids aged between 2 and 17 form a majority of gamers.

That means almost 64 million kids spent their time playing video games. This, in fact, is a clear 9 percent rise compared with the figures that were revealed in 2009.

The NPD group study has found that major growth was spotted in the number of kids between the ages of 2 and 5, where the percentage increased by 17 points from the 2009.

The findings also showed an increase in popularity of the games among the females and teens aged between 15 and 17.

That also means that kids have a way of spending time and dollars at both the traditional and non-traditional gaming outlets.

Another interesting revelation is that kids love playing games on mobile devices. If you are looking at the numbers, it shows the rise of percentage from 8 in 2009 to 38 in 2011.

Meanwhile, in the case of portable gaming devices like PSP or DS, the rise is from 38 in 2009 to 45 this year.

Last year, Iowa State University had researched to find the connection between the high-volume gameplay and Attention Deficit Disorder in the kids.

They had then found that children who love to play video games and watch television struggle with attention problems. Now, the matter of concern is whether this is good or bad for the American kids. What do you feel?

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