Research: 42% of women own gaming consoles compared to 37% of men

Pew Research Center has published the results of a survey it conducted earlier this year on technology device ownership in the US.  The survey covers everything from tablets to mobile phones but we’re GamePolitics so let’s look at consoles and handheld gaming devices.

According to a survey of 1,907 adults living in the United States, 40% own a gaming console, a number that hasn’t budged in five years.  42% of women surveyed report owning a gaming console compared to 37% of men.

Consoles are owned by approximately 55% of adults ages 18-49 and 30% of adults ages 50-64.  Only 8% of adults over 64 report owning a gaming console.  Unsurprisingly, as household income increases, so does the percentage of console owners.

As for handheld gaming devices, the survey shows “14% of U.S. adults have a portable gaming device such as a PSP or Sega Genesis game player, similar to the share who owned one in 2009.”

Wait, what?  PSP or Sega Genesis?!

Forgive me for editorializing here but if the survey asked “do you own portable gaming device such as a PSP or Sega Genesis game player” that could have totally screwed up the results.  I might let the PSP slide as an example of a portable gaming device but the Sega Genesis?  That was a console and a really old one to boot.  Did Pew mean Sega Game Gear?  Even so, that sucker is from the early 90s!

Regardless, you can check out the results of survey at Pew Research Center.

-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen

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