Study Shows Grown-Ups Love Video Games

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game padA new study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project shows that parents of young children are among the biggest gamers in the country.

The study found that, along with teenagers, parents with little ones are more likely to be gamers than parents of adult children. The love of gaming isn't necessarily the result of having small children -- it's more that parents of toddlers and preschoolers are most likely younger themselves.

About 66 percent of parents or guardians of kids under 17 play video games, while only 47 percent of childless adults admit to gaming. And don't blame the kids -- only 31 percent of parents with teenagers play games with their offspring.

The myth that gamers are mostly men was also dispelled; the survey reveals that 50 percent of women and 55 percent of men play video games. Another interesting tidbit? Those with a college education are more likely to pick up a joystick than those who only have high school diplomas.

Of the 2,054 American adults polled, 81 percent of respondents age 18 to 29 said they played video games, compared to only 23 percent of audits age 65 or older.

We had an Atari system growing up, and I while I enjoyed it, I was more likely to find my mom sitting in front of the TV, cursing under her breath during a game of Ms. Pac-Man.

How about you? Are you a gamer? Do you play with your kids, or are you the "do as I say, not as I do" type?

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