[MUD-Dev] Media: Women over 40 biggest online gamers

J C Lawrence claw at kanga.nu
Wed Feb 11 11:19:42 New Zealand Daylight Time 2004


http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4235270/

Women over 40 biggest online gamers
Study finds many online friendships turned into real-life ones
By Ben Berkowitz
Updated: 8:03 p.m. ET Feb. 10, 2004

LOS ANGELES - Think teenagers are spending all night long playing online
games on the computer? Wrong -- it's their mothers burning the midnight
oil.

AOL, a unit of Time Warner Inc., released a study on Tuesday showing
that U.S. women over the age of 40 spend nearly 50 percent more time
each week playing online games than men and are more likely to play
online games daily than men or teens.

Of those women over 40 who had formed online friendships, AOL said, more
than 20 percent converted those virtual connections into real-life
relationships.

Fueling the arguments of those who say that gaming takes away from other
activities, 44 percent of the women over 40 who responded to the survey,
conducted by Digital Marketing Services, said they spend less time
watching TV or movies, reading or being physically active because of
their game play.

More than a quarter of those women, the survey found, play their
favorite games between midnight and 5 a.m. Women in the poll tended to
favor word and puzzle games.

About half of teens surveyed reported spending more time playing games
than reading and more than a quarter doing more gaming than homework.

AOL also did research on gaming habits in major cities, finding that
people who play games online in Los Angeles are far more likely (31
percent) to form off-line relationships than the national average (18
percent).

Atlanta and Boston were the most game-happy cities overall, at about 8
hours per capita per week, the survey said.

The survey was conducted online with 3,613 respondents between
mid-December and mid-January, the company said.

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J C Lawrence
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