STUDY: AVERAGE ‘GAMER’ IS FULL-TIME PROFESSIONAL, FATHER OF THREE

A study of 2,000 adults has found the average video game junkie is a dad of three in his late thirties and a full-time professional.

The findings appear to contradict the average cliche that “gamers” are lonely, single, unemployed basement-dwelling young men.

Instead, according to UK-based study, most video game enthusiasts are family men, property owners, and earn salaries over $53,000 a year, reports The Sun.

Although the stereotype of gamers skews toward men, the study found that 41 percent of women call themselves “gamers,” although their type of gaming is widely different from men’s. While male gamers prefer consoles, first-person-shooter games, and games such as Call of Duty or Fortnite, or virtual sports, women are more likely to play solo on mobile phones. Women are also more drawn to games involving puzzles or strategy, the report found.

The study also found both sexes spend about the same amount of time each day gaming. Women spend just under an hour and a half a day playing video games, compared to men who spend an hour and 40 minutes, which is most commonly spent on a PlayStation.

Gamers are rarely alone in their hobby. More than a third reported friends who are gamers. A household with a gamer tends to also have additional gamers, the study found. Many respondents reported there are at least two family members in the same household who share the hobby.

Out of the UK’s 9.2 million ‘gamer’ households, most have at least two consoles. According to Utilita Energy, a third of those households leave their gaming console on “standby mode” for up to 22 hours a day, which costs an estimated $77 million a year in energy costs. The report also found an additional $94 million in energy costs is spent in the UK by the five percent of gamers do not even bother to put the console into standby mode and just leave it on.

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