Average video game player is 35 years old!
The typical video game player is 35, has one child and earns more than £23,000 (€27,000) a year, contrary to stereotypes of teenage game addicts.
The image of teenage boys glued to a video game console and never leaving the bedroom is wrong, according to a recent survey of 2,000 self-identified gamers.
In fact, the average gamer is 35 years old, in a relationship, works 32 hours a week and is just as likely to be female as male.
Each video game player will typically spend about two and half hours a day, five days a week, in front of their console and will often stay awake until 10.58pm playing games.
In total, the average game enthusiast will spend more than 12 and a half hours playing video games every week. Gamers typically own two different consoles, 18 games and take just over four weeks to complete each game.
But despite being married or in a relationship, most gamers row with their partner twice every week over their gaming hobby. More than one in twenty of those in relationships say gaming is a frequent cause of arguments while 15 per cent of gamers have broken up with someone over their pastime.
Gamers show dedication to their console, with more than three quarters saying that they will never stop loving video games. They will also typically spend around four hours queueing for a new game at a midnight store opening once a year.
The average video game player has five online friends in the gaming community and nearly 30 per cent said they had met up with an online gamer friend in person, according to the British survey.
The video games social network Pixwoo.com, which commissioned the research, said: “The image most people have of a gamer is usually a young boy, holed up for hours in end in their bedroom, only stopping the game for food, drink and toilet breaks.
“But these results show that the stereotype couldn’t be more wrong. Not only are women just as likely to be gamers as men, but we are talking about fully grown adults who work, have a family and are in a relationship. Gaming is no longer something reserved just for children and young adults.”