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Study: Half Of American Children 8 And Under Have Played A Console Game
Study: Half Of American Children 8 And Under Have Played A Console Game
October 28, 2011 | By Tom Curtis




More than half of American children 8 years old or less have played console video games, says a new report [PDF] from non-profit organization Common Sense Media.

According to the study, 51 percent of American children 8 and under have ever played a console video game at some point in their lives, including 44 percent of children 2 to 4 years old and 81 percent of children 5 to 8 years old.

The report points out that young children are also gaining access to mobile devices and computers at an early age, indicating that digital media is playing an increasingly prominent role in children's lives.

Among the children that have played a console game, Common Sense Media says the average age of a child's first exposure to games falls at just less than 4 years old.

In addition, among 5 to 8 year olds who have played games, 36 percent continue to play games at least once a week, and 17 percent play at least once per day.


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Jacob Pederson
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Mine started with Unreal 2k3 at age 4, and has played a game almost every day since. He's currently into Minecraft, Dungeon Defense, Gary's Mod, and Blockade Runner.



"51 percent of American children 8 and under have ever played a console video game at some point in their lives"



That seems a dumb statistic to me. Why are we even counting children in the 0-2 range? They just make the stat seem artificially low. How about a percentage for how many children have played a game by age 8. I'll bet that one's fairly close to 100%.

Chris Remo
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Depending on how long they've been conducting this survey, it might take years to have a solid figure for that. Otherwise you'd just be asking only the 8-year-olds this year. The article says 81 percent of ages 5-8 have played, and that doesn't count children in the 0-2 range, nor children in the 3-4 range.

Marcus Miller
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My 5 year old son has played Kinects. He doesn't have the fine motor skills to work a controller yet.


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