Study – 81% of kids aged five to eight have gamed

Sunday, 30th October 2011 22:01 GMT By Brenna Hillier

According to research funded by Common Sense Media, gaming is becoming increasingly mainstream among young children.

In a survey of over 1,300 parenting figures in the US, 51% of children aged between birth and eight were found to have played video games, and over the age of five this percentage rose sharply to 81%.

Of those between five and eight who gamed regularly, 17% played every day, while 36% played once a week.

67% of all children represented by the study had a console in their homes, but even when you vut out family-shared devices, console ownership among kids is significant; 24% of children own a gaming handheld and 29% have an “educational” gaming device.

29% of surveyed families said their children use the PC several times a week, and 52% reported letting their children play with a mobile gaming device lik a smartphone or tablet.

Thanks, Joystiq.




  1. Gekidami

    Kids at that age should be working down the coal mines, not playing games!

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Edo

    Working down the coal mines is like sooo yesterday.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. DSB

    I am Jacks complete lack of surprise. My nephew was playing Plants vs Zombies at 4, and I dont know a single kid that doesnt go bonkers for Angry Birds.

    @1 I tell my girlfriend the exact same thing. Except its saltmines, not coal.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. kupocake

    19% of five to eight year olds are uncultured swine? We must mend our society (oh wait, YOUR society) at the roots. Air drop some old DS stock into these homes!

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Yoshi

    90% of children five to eight year olds have watched television O.M.G they’ll grow up to be monsters!

    #5 3 years ago
  6. The_Deleted

    Hell, my five year old is better at some games than me.

    #6 3 years ago

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