Survey: Average Gamer Will Spend Nearly Two Years Playing Games

July 14, 2011 -

According to a survey conducted by video game price comparison site Playr2.com, gamers age 18 - 40 may end up dedicating almost two years of their lives playing video games. The company conducted a survey of 1,452 of its members, asking a variety of questions about their gaming habits. The survey found that the average gamer will spend about 1.8 years of their life playing games on various platforms. 

The average starting age of gamers was around 9.1 years. Most said they spend an average of 9.2 hours a week playing games. Most surveyed said they planned on giving up gaming when they turned 45 years old.

Playr2.com founder Simon Kilby said that the company conducted the survey because they were curious about how much time customers were actually spending playing games. Kilby added that he expects those times to vary depending on the type of gamer being examined. For example, a Madden player probably spends less time playing games than someone that plays a full-blown RPG or an MMO.

Clearly the survey is unscientific and the evidence is anecdotal, but it's interesting to see numbers laid out in years instead of hours.

Source: Joystick Division


Comments

Re: Survey: Average Gamer Will Spend Nearly Two Years ...

2 years is referring to total time in their lives, I assume. Sleeping should be somewhere around 30 years of your life. This just shows gaming is a large part of peoples lives.

As for planning to stop at 45, I doubt it. Its just like kids thinking they will have to consciously stop playing with toys one day, or the notion that turning 18 somehow flips a switch that makes you an adult. These are things that change gradually over time. Youll grow out of games, or not. Planning a date to stop playing is self-delusion.

Re: Survey: Average Gamer Will Spend Nearly Two Years ...

"Most surveyed said they planned on giving up gaming when they turned 45 years old."

People have specific ages at which they 'plan' on giving up gaming? Really? I assume that they insisted on an answer as to when the participants planned to give up, and the average was 45. Because, seriously?

Re: Survey: Average Gamer Will Spend Nearly Two Years ...

I've spent about 20 years playing video games. 

Re: Survey: Average Gamer Will Spend Nearly Two Years ...

Two years out of... how long?

Does it list how long each gamer has been gaming? If the age margin is 22 f***ing years, a mere 10th of it isn't exactly rageworthy. You'd probably find people spending more "years" watching television.

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