By Taylor | April 30, 2012 | 2 Comment
Think it’s impossible to find that perfect girl; long hair, beautiful body AND a love for video games? Well you’re mistaken. Increasingly women are representing more and more of the gaming population, meaning your odds of snagging a gamer girl might just be possible.
But is it that easy? The stereotype of a gamer is a fat, lazy teen who is the inverse of charming in the looks department. It would be hard to imagine finding your significant other in a pool of people fitting this description. The truth is, as gaming becomes more applicable to the public, more “regular” people who happen to be gamers will appear.
I personally am at complete odds with the perceived “normal” gamer. I’m a girl for starters and not an ugly one (if I do say so myself ). I work and go to school and am certainly not lazy…all the time anyway. And I’m not a teenager though pretty close in age. That is the future ladies and gentlemen. Here are a few statistics that might just shatter how you think about gaming in 2012.
1. Sixty-five percent of American households play computer or video games. Considering there are approximately 114,825,428 households as of 2010, that’s a huge number of American gamers.
2. The average game player is 35 years old and has been playing games for 13 years. This statistic crushes the idea that gamers are all hormonal high schoolers.
3. Forty percent of all game players are women. In fact, women over the age of 18 represent a significantly greater portion of the game-playing population (33 percent) than boys age 17 or younger (18 percent).
4. Growth – From 2003 to 2006, the entertainment software industry’s annual growth rate exceeded 17 percent. Over the same period, the entire U.S. economy grew at a less than 4% rate. In tough times, gamers will game.
5. On average, nine games were sold every second of every day in 2007. Gaming is becoming a more popular and more mainstream hobby.
6. Of those who play games online, 56% are male and 44% are female.
7. The average adult woman plays games 7.4 hours per week. The average adult man plays 7.6 hours per week. Though males spend more time playing than do females, the gender/time gap has narrowed significantly. Whereas in 2003, males spent an average of 18 more minutes a day playing games than did their female counterparts. In 2004 they spent only six minutes more each day doing so. Females spend an average of two hours more per week playing games now then they did a year ago.
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Taylor Stein is a recent college graduate and freelance games writer. You can find her work on Destructoid, G4, Bitmob, 1UP, Pure Nintendo, Honest Gamers, and more. Beyond the arena of geekdom. she is a fitness freak and lover of sushi. Don't judge this book by its cover, let's talk games! Google