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More than 60% of people in UK play games - report
June 8, 2022
June 8, 2022
The Online Nation Report 2021, published by the UK communications regulator, Ofcom, took a close look at how Britons behave online. It found that:
Sixty percent of UK adults aged 16+ and 91% of 3-15 year-olds reported playing games on console, desktop or smartphone devices both either online or offline. Of these players, 56% of adults aged 16+ and 66% of children aged 3-15 reported playing games online.
People in the UK spend an average of one hour a day playing games. Overall, the amount of time players aged 13-64 spent playing declined slightly between the start and end of 2021, from an average of 7 hours 43 minutes a week in Q2 to 7 hours 33 minutes in Q4. However, this period saw an increase of 25% in time spent playing games reported by players aged 55-64.
Children aged 8-17 reported that playing games online changes their mood positively (58%), makes them feel good about themselves (59%), and makes them feel less lonely (60%).
Games were also played with or against other people, as well as individually across the demographics
Internationally, people in the UK spend among the most time online, with an average of 3 hours and 37 minutes a day, only exceeded by Canada and the US.