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January 24, 2005

Girls Rule Online Gaming


Put away the geeky guy with Coke-bottle glasses and a pocket protector stereotype: turns out that more women than men are playing online games.

The Pew Internet and American Life Project reports that as of last November, 44% of female internet users said they played at least one game online, up from 40% a year earlier.

Only 34% of men reported playing a game online, down 1% from a year earlier.

Lee Rainie, director of the Pew project, said, "Women are increasingly enjoying role-playing games, but they are also doing simpler board games and card games."

For example, at pogo.com, an online gaming site, 55% of the 3.6 million visitors each day are women.

Wow - that's almost as many visitors as I get here.

They must be doing something right over there at pogo: I'll wander over as soon as this is done.

Now where was I?

Oh, yeah, online gaming.

Rainie added that men and women tended to play online games for different reasons.

He said, "For men it's competitive. For women it's social, if you want to be reductionist about it."

Here's a link to Mark Glassman's article about the rise of Distaff Nation in online gaming; it appeared in last Thursday's New York Times Circuits section.

And yes, you can call your website or blog Distaff Nation: everything I invent here is for the taking.

Including my existence.

January 24, 2005 at 01:01 PM | Permalink


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Beg to differ. This kid plays to win.

Posted by: ScienceChic | Jan 24, 2005 5:51:16 PM

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