Autor principal: Steve Jones
Pew Internet & American Life.
Publicado el 6 de Julio de 2003 en Washington DC
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Resumen de los resultados
While the last few years have seen tremendous growth in gaming, for one segment of the
population, college students, gaming is virtually a commonplace. Computer, video and
online games are woven into the fabric of everyday life for college students. And, they
are more of a social/socializing activity than most suspected.
• All of those surveyed reported to have played a video, computer or online game at
one time or another. Seventy percent (70%) of college students reported playing
video, computer or online games at least once in a while. Some 65% of college
students reported being regular or occasional game players.
• Students cited gaming as a way to spend more time with friends. One out of every
five (20%) gaming students felt moderately or strongly that gaming helped them
make new friends as well as improve existing friendships.
• Gaming also appears to play a surrogate role for some gamers when friends are
unavailable. Nearly two-thirds (60%) of students surveyed agreed that gaming,
either moderately or strongly, helped them spend time when friends were not
• Two-thirds of respondents (65%) said gaming has little to no influence in taking
away time they might spend with friends and family,
• Students integrate gaming into their day, taking time between classes to play a
game, play a game while visiting with friends or instant messaging, or play games
as a brief distraction from writing papers or doing other work.
• Gaming is integrated into leisure time and placed alongside other entertainment
forms in their residence, and that it forms part of a larger multitasking setting in
which college students play games, listen to music and interact with others in the
• Most college student gamers seem to associate positive feelings with gaming,
such as “pleasant” (36%), “exciting”(34%), and “challenging” (45%). Fewer
students reported feeling frustrated (12%), bored (11%), or stressed (6%) by
• Close to half (48%) of college student gamers agreed that gaming keeps them
from studying “some” or “a lot.” In addition, about one in ten (9%) admitted that
their main motivation for playing games was to avoid studying.
• College student gamers’ reported hours studying per week match up closely with
those reported by college students in general, with about two-thirds (62%)
reporting that they study for classes no more than 7 hours per week, and 15%
reported studying 12 or more hours per week.
• One third (32%) of students surveyed admitted playing games that were not part
of the instructional activities during classes.