SEATTLE, Nov. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The typical picture of an average online gamer, once seen as a teenage boy or an introverted, overweight, and depressed adult who spent most of their time indoors playing computer or console games, is no longer true. According to a new survey conducted online in October 2011 by Harris Interactive on behalf of GameHouse® among over 2,000 U.S. adults, more than half (55%) of online gamers (people who play online games on their computer, social networking sites, or mobile devices) are women. Furthermore, these women are more social and were found to have more sex than females who do not play online games.
For example, 42% of female online gamers socialize with friends and family in person at least once per day versus 31% of females who do not play online games. In addition, 86% of female online gamers socialize on social networking sites compared to 71% of those who do not play online games. It was also found that more female online gamers have sex than females who do not play online games (57% vs. 52%). However, both females who play online games and those who don’t are spending a lot of time watching TV (74% of female online gamers watch TV at least once per day as well as 71% of females who don’t play online games).