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While the number of video gamers among adults is substantial, it is still well under the number of teens who play. Independent of all other factors, younger adults are considerably more likely than older adults to play games, and the likelihood that an adult is a video gamer decreases significantly with age.
Fully 81% of respondents 18-29 years old play games, while only 23% of respondents 65 years old and older report playing games.
For those ages 12-17, game consoles are the most popular gaming device, and 89% of teen gamers use consoles to play games.
Teen gamers are no more likely than adult gamers to use computers to play games, and while adult gamers are more likely to play games on cell phones or Blackberries than on portable gaming devices, teen gamers show the opposite set of preferences, preferring the portable devices to cell phones.
Similarly, Americans ages 50-64 are much more likely to use computers than to use gaming consoles, cell phones (6%) or portable gaming devices (5%).
When looking specifically at gamers, these age-based preferences are even more distinct.
By comparison, just 20% of non-internet users play games.
Younger generations tend to dominate the gaming world; however, older respondents who do play games are more avid players.
Teens, however, are even more likely than young adults to play games on consoles; 86% of teens play on consoles.
Men are significantly more likely than women to play games on gaming consoles: 35% of adult men say they play games on a console compared with 21% of women.
Men and women are statistically equally likely to use all other gaming devices, including computers, cell phones, handheld organizers and portable gaming devices.
Nearly three out of four gamers (73%) use computers to play, while just over half (53%) use game consoles.
Gamers 50 and older are significantly more likely than younger age groups to use computers.