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Children Spend More Time Playing Video Games

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Posted by Lunabean on April 2, 2004 4:56 PM
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Researchers at Michigan State University have found that playing video games successfully competes with watching television among young people of all ages. The study also found that boys spend twice as much time playing video games as girls, but there's an expectation for that gap to close as more games are being designed with girls' preferences in mind.
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These females preferences lean toward "classic board games, card-dice games, quiz-trivia games, arcade games and puzzle games", where as males tend to opt for "fighters, shooters, sports, fantasy role-playing games, action adventure games and strategy games".

While most of this study reveals nothing new to those of us who keep up with the video game industry, it was refreshing to read in such a study that ?Competition against others and challenge against oneself are the primary motives for playing video games for both sexes?. It beats the thirst for blood and lack of desire to get off our butts that most studies try to accuse us of. The MSU study also hints that playing video games at a young age can lead to high paying jobs in technology.

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