Gaming and Gamers

Gaming and Gamers. Pew Research Center. Maeve Duggan. December 15, 2015.

In recent years, major debates have emerged about the societal impact of video games and the effect they have on the people who play them. Among the disputes: whether men predominate in gaming and whether violent games promote aggressive behavior. A nearly identical share of men and women report ever playing video games (50% of men and 48% of women). Americans are relatively divided over whether there is a possible link between violent games and actual violence. A slight majority of the public (53%) disagree with the statement “people who play violent video games are more likely to be violent themselves.” But 40% agree that there is a relationship between video game violence and violent behavior. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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