Survey: 80 Percent of US Teens Own Console

Pew Research Center Confirms What We Already Suspected

February 5, 2010 – A survey conducted by the Pew Research Center found that around 80% of US children between age 12 and 17 own a game console.

The survey, carried out over the telephone with 800 teens, took place from June to September 2009. The results were reported by Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, which found that boys were more likely to own or have access to a home console (89%) but that girls also have around a 70% ownership rate.

The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 were not among the most owned consoles, however. The survey found that the DS and PSP were the system that were most owned among teens but that they were most popular with younger groups. Pew found that 66% percent of children aged 12 and 13 had a handheld but that number slips to only 44 percent among gamers aged 14 to 17.

Stating the obvious? Perhaps. But, still it’s interesting to hear the facts and confirm what we already suspected. Teenagers like gaming.

Source: MSNBC via Edge Online

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