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If you play video games, does that make you a gamer? Pew Research surveyed the American public and found that 49% of respondents played video games, but only 10% identified as “gamers.” Researchers started to look into why so many people play games yet avoid the gamer title, and found a number of negative (and not necessarily true) beliefs about gaming are still commonplace. Here’s some of the most interesting data:
- 40% of people think there’s a connection between video game violence and real-life violent behavior.
- 26% of people think video games are a straight-up waste of time.
- 60% of people polled believe men played more video games than women.
- Gaming is used in science and research, like understanding disease.
- Action games enhance skills like learning, focus, decision-making, and multi-tasking.
- Video games promote personal development including the positive social and cognitive skills and development.
- Females game too, currently 52% of game players are men, and 48% are women.