Did you know that forty-five percent of video gamers are women? In fact, women aged 18 and above represent thirty-one percent of the entire game-playing population! Talk about women power! It may seem a bit unbelievable for some, but there are even mom gamers nowadays.
What the Statistics Say
According to an experiment carried out by the Entertainment Software Association in 2013, out of 2,486 women, 74% play video games on at least one device. Mom gamers use phones, computers, laptops, game consoles, portable gaming devices, and others to play a game. Thirty-eight percent of these mom gamers play every day, while twenty-nine percent of them play a few days in a week.
According to the study, mothers love playing games which boost their critical thinking skills. The games were like a tool for the moms which help them improve themselves. Video games for them are like a multimeter to a handyman; if the latter is used to prevent dangerous electric shocks, then the video game prevents the moms from burning out. As a matter of fact, forty-four percent of these mom gamers claimed that they play video games to destress and help them relax.
Among the popular genres, the most favorited among mothers are logic and puzzle games; card and title games; and word, trivia, and traditional board video games. According to statistics, forty-seven percent play to pass the time, thirty-three percent play because they just enjoy the games they have, and twenty-seven percent believe that playing video games is an escape from the real world.
Mom Gamers and their Families
The study also found that mom gamers actually play closer attention to the games that their kids play. 71% of them claimed that they closely monitor video game content. 56% of these mothers also believe that gaming can be a family activity. Imagine the possibilities! Teenagers would no longer have to explain the benefits of gaming if their moms understood already, and they could even spend time with other family members playing a video game! Apparently, the gaming industry is going through a significant change already, especially since twenty-seven percent of mom gamers believe that video games can help them connect with their kids. It’s proof that mothers would do anything to spend quality time with their children, which is why they are the most loving in the family.
It’s no question that even adults, who we taught to be against the existence of video games, are now changing the way they perceive these games. It’s a positive thing, yes, but the playing should still be controlled. Even though video games have a lot to offer to mental health and a few physical improvements (e.g., hand to eye coordination), it can become a hindrance. How can one know video games are no longer healthy? Answer: When the game is controlling the gamer and not the other way around.…