Survey Says Gamers Spend Two Years Mashing Buttons

By Ryan Winslett in Gaming News
Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 8:00 am
Kiss two years goodbye, kiddo
Hi there. Good to see you. You may be wondering why all of your friends and family are here, too.


Well, reader, it's because I lied to you. I'm sorry. This is not, in fact, the DDR party I told you it was. It's an intervention.


You are addicted to video games and, according to, if you don't stop now, you may end up dedicating nearly two full years of your life to the hobby. is a video game price comparison site and, according to founder Simon Kilby, the company got curious about how much time its customers were actually spending playing these games.


A survey of 1,452 gamers was conducted as a result, and the findings state that the average gamer will spend about 1.8 years of their life sitting in front of the television shooting dudes with bullets, saving the princess, and failing out during the second solo in "Green Grass and High Tides".


Those surveyed ranged in age from 18 to 40. The average starting age of a gamer was about 9.1 years, with those questioned saying they spend an average of 9.2 hours a week playing games. While this part is a bit unreliable, those surveyed said they expect to stop gaming about the time they hit 45.


Given all that information, that means the average gamer spends 478 hours a year plugged into their consoles, or about 1.8 years between the age of nine and 45.


Kilby said he expects those times to vary, of course, depending on the type of gamer. A Madden or FPS gamer might only spend 9.2 hours a week playing, for instance, but that can be a single session for those who dive deep into RPGs or, God help us, something like World of Warcraft.

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