Americans Game for Thirteen Minutes a Day on Average
The next time someone points out to you that videogames are a time-consuming and negative habit, you might want to point them to a recent Nielson study indicating that Americans, on average, spend only 13 percent of their time in front of their television set playing videogames. Sure, you and I may spend hours at a time playing videogames, but spread out across the entire population, this is both impressive and a little underwhelming. Even more surprising, it looks like this figure is comparable to the 15 minutes a day people in the States spend watching DVDs, both of which are nothing compared to the five hours and 11 minutes in front of the TV spent watching regular shows.
According the the study (State of the Media: U.S. TV Trends by Ethnicity), game play time is different depending on what racial group a person belongs. African-Americans tend to play the most at 16 minutes a session, while Latinos and Asian-Americans play the least, at ten minutes and nine minutes respectively. What these studies say about gaming remains to be seen, but it does go toward backing up our hobby as a normal part of life.