Moms & Gaming

The ESA just released this very interesting study Mom Gamers Study: A New Generation of Gamer that says that 74% of Mothers today play video games and most of them do so on a mobile device of some sort (Smartphone most likely).  Mothers today are also more likely to be playing a game at least once a week (and most play every day).

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What I also found important is that the the majority of them (71%) also indicate that they closely monitor the video game content of their children and that 56% of gaming Mom’s agree that they video gaming can be a family activity.

I think this is potentially a critical shift in the relationship of Parenting and Video Games. There are still a lot of influential people who consider video games as generally bad, especially for children. I disagree with this view but I won’t go into this debate today as I and many others have argued  previously that there are benefits in playing video games for children which has become a common discussion topic these days. What I have also said is that one can never expect any sort of  medium (TV and Video Games included) to replace Parenting and this shift of Mothers as active video game players who can also effectively monitor/play video games together with their kids is important as it could finally indicate a bridging of generations rather than a widening generation gap which has been the general trend so far.

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Only if Parents actually play video games will they understand it and therefore be able to correctly assess and appreciate their children’s video game play time for all the right reasons. I remember when I was answering questions in a parenting conference (Organized by Dr. Louise Porter) not too long ago it became clear to me that it was difficult for them to assess what was suitable for their child because they were unfamiliar with Video Games in general. Imagine if you had to try to determine the appropriate reading materials for your child but you were illiterate? Perhaps an exaggerated example but it’s in the same ballpark. If you don’t play video games at all or try to play together with your child, how will you ever understand why kids (and adults) are so fascinated with it?

The trend is clear. For all the parents who are not yet playing Video Games, apparently you are now in the minority so get moving and start playing games with your Kids if you want to get to know them better!

2 thoughts on “Moms & Gaming

  1. Very interesting article. I think that mobile gaming is one of the biggest platforms of gaming out there. Small developers (which are most developers) naturally gravitate to this form of game as no publisher is required and if a game fails, it’s easy to get back on their feet. But more on topic I think that parents don’t monitor what their kids play enough and if they choose to allow their kids to play violent games, they need to understand all the dynamics at all. We don’t want a repeat of the 8 year old shooting the other day!

  2. Responsible parenting extends beyond video game monitoring of course. Violence can be attributed to many factors, I’m not sure attributing it solely to video games is fair (and not proven). I would imagine the open Gun culture in America is a big contributor to many of these kinds of accidents, both intended and unintended but I suppose that is a hot topic for another day ;-). I agree though that parents need to understand what their children are playing (eg. video games) to better assist them, I think that’s true for almost everything.

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