While young men were often seen as key video game players, about four-in-ten women in the United States also said that they played video games at least sometimes, according to a new survey conducted by Pew Research Center recently.
The video games were more popular among adult women below 50, with 49 percent of female recipients younger than 30 said they played video games often or sometimes, and about 48 percent of women from 30-49 made the same claim, said the survey published on Pew's website on Monday.
The survey, conducted in March and April, counts video games played on a computer, TV, game console or portable device, such as a mobile phone.
The statistics also revealed that young men remain as the "main force" among U.S. video game players, as 70 percent of male recipients younger than 30 said they played video games often or sometimes.
Of all the seven different types of games mentioned in the survey, puzzle games were more popular with women than with men. About 72 percent of video-game-playing women said they played these, compared with 52 percent of male recipients.
The author Anna Brown, a research analyst, said that puzzle games were also distinct in other ways. They were more likely to be played by those with at least a bachelor's degree than by those with less education.
Besides, Brown noticed that in spite of other recent research suggesting that playing video games was associated with a decline in work hours among younger men, her survey found that adults who worked full- or part-time were about as likely as those who are unemployed and looking for work to say they play.
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