Over 164 Million American Adults Play Video Games, Says New Study

According to a new study undertaken by the industry trade group Entertainment Software Association, over 164 million American adults play video games. That’s nearly 65 percent of all adults in the country, and apparently it’s the latest figure in a rising trend. More and more adults are playing video games every year.

The reasoning behind the rising trend is due to simple population, as non-gaming adults die off, leaving young adults to take their place. Since this current generation is the one that’s been the most exposed to video games over their life time, it makes sense that they continue to want to be gamers into adulthood.

According to the ESA, three-quarters of all Americans have at least one video game player in their household, and all of it comes across a wide range of platforms. A significant portion of this, over half, engage in playing games on their smartphones, which are present in 93 percent of American households.

While many gamers wouldn’t necessarily qualify something like Candy Crush as a game, it’s still something that an American adult might play over the course of their life if they’re bored or just trying to kill time.

There’s a lot of good sides to have American adults play video games as well. Many of the gamers see video games as a positive force in society (a nice bit of push-back to the people who attempt to demonize video games after every school shooting), and are a diverse range of people that are engaged in their communities.

79 percent of these gamers also say that playing games makes them feel relaxed and relieve stress, and many of them are also involved politically, with 59 percent of them saying they plan to vote in the next election.

Since video games are rapidly becoming more and more popular not just in America but all over the world, it’s no surprise that we’re seeing more and more adults play video games these days.