Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

I’ve been trying to track down statistics on video game usage. There is one number that keeps coming up over and over: by the time we’re 21, we’ve invested 10,000 hours in gaming. It’s tossed around like a well-established fact, with very little in the way of actual citation. For example:

The average young person racks up 10,000 hours of gaming by the age of 21 — or 24 hours less than they spend in a classroom for all of middle and high school if they have perfect attendance. It’s a remarkable amount of time we’re investing in games. 5 million gamers in the U.S., in fact, are spending more than 40 hours a week playing games — the equivalent of a full time job!

Well, I finally took the time to track down the origins of this number, which I’ve captured in the below image. Oh, brother…

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