ESA: 2 Of 3 American Parents Believe Gaming Is Good For Kids' Mentality

According to the latest Entertainment Software Association report, 68% of American parents believe that gaming provides mental stimulation and education to their children.

"Parents across America recognize the widespread benefits of video games, including education, mental stimulation, and the bonding opportunities they create for families," said Michael D. Gallagher, ESA president and CEO. "Video games are a favorite pastime enjoyed by men and women of all ages, and millions worldwide who share their game play experiences with friends and family."

The "Essential Facts About the Computer and Video Games Industry" report also revealed that 59% of Americans play videogames and that the average American gamer is 31 years old who has been playing games for 14 years.

More interesting facts can be found in the report here (pdf).

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To put it into perspective

Today's young gamers will become tomorrow's parents, and that percent will increase. Having said that, everything should be done in moderation. If you can balance game, work, outdoor activities / exercise and you family life; you are good. If you can't, then its time to stop playing games and reconsider. These parent's should make sure that they are able to teach their children to balance each facet of life rather than get addicted to one.

This is bogus, kids need to

This is bogus, kids need to play outside and experience the real world before they waste their time with video games. I am a gamer, but I would never put my daughter in front of a PC or Console and tell her to play on it all day because it is good for you. There is nothing wrong letting kids play games, and sure they help them with hand & eye cordination etc. But it has to be balanced and only a few hours a week.

And i bet - I make more money

And i bet - I make more money than you, and I play games all of the time. Statistically speaking, you have less than a 1% chance to make as much or more than I do... so go on and bet another bet that has no basis.

Bias?

A study conducted by video game proponents found results favorable to video games/gaming? Wow, big surprise there. In other news, Christians have found that Yahweh does indeed save them from their sins. Good solid research goin' on here.

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