5 Health Benefits From Playing Video Games

2011-12-22 | |
Last updated: 2011-12-22

In the days leading up to the holiday season, the number of television ads marketing video games can become overwhelming. In both the West and the East alike, people with disposable income frequently choose to spend their entertainment dollars and free time on such games. Not surprisingly, the video game industry collects more than 10 billion dollars each year from consumers.

In fact, the average household spends one third of its entertainment dollars toward the purchase of video games and equipment. This dollar value is also a third of the amount that people spend on eating out. At the same time, the average American spends 8 hours or the equivalent of a standard workday per week playing video games according to the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB). With so much money and time being spent on video game entertainment, it is important to understand how these dollars and hours spent are affecting our health.

How Much Of The Population Plays Video Games?

Since first becoming popular starting in the 1980’s, the number of people playing video games has continued to rise. According to 2010 statistics from the market research firm, NPD Group, roughly 2 in 3 people have played video games in the last 6 months. Among those playing games, 60% are male and 40% are female. The average age of people playing these games is 34 and roughly 50% of people who play video games are aged 18 to 49. Amongst young people, more than 90% of US children aged 2 to 17 play video games regularly.

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Category: Disease Prevention, General Health, Health Risks, Medical Research

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  1. I’ve never thought that video games do have benefits when it comes to health matters, although truth be told, it is a good stress reliever. Thanks for these information. At least, I am guilt free somehow when I play video games.