With new data from a Pew Research Center survey, we know that women play an even bigger role in the gaming community. Of the 40% of Americans who own a video game console, 42% are women and only 37% are men.
The Verge of all things shows the fault in the info. The question asked is as follows:
“Please tell me if you happen to have each of the following items, or not. Do you have a game console like Xbox or PlayStation?”
A console is a family device. And we know that more women than men are single parents. Which skews the data in women’s favor, as it’s highly likely that a child has a console. The single parent in question would therefore have purchased a game console but not plays it.
Additionally, using the above question, it explains the drastic shift in women owning consoles compared to sub-18 boys. You’re comparing boys who may not have a job to women who may be buying a console for their entire family. You’re comparing an entire family entertainment system to a boy buying a console and putting it in his room with a TV.
Lastly, the racial breakdown is absolutely misleading. It’s detailing the % of a racial group that owns a console, not the numbers sold. You could have 100% of all Indians owning consoles in the USA and that would be still a statistical insignificance.
This infographic is inherently misleading. Anyone who uses this to make any sort of statement on the state of gaming is an idiot who is trying to push an agenda.
I just wish people would make up their minds. Are a high percentage of gamers women, or are women not welcome in gaming? Because I fail to see how it can be both.
More proof that you can use “statistics” to say anything you like.