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As the gaming world continues to expand, the stereotypes surrounding the typical gamer are evolving. Many people may believe that Gen Z, the younger generation, are the most avid gamers and spend the most time playing games.
But that’s not true, as a recent study by ExpressVPN has revealed a surprising truth: Gen Z is not the biggest gaming enthusiast. In fact, the group that spends the most time gaming might just surprise you.
According to the survey, millennials (people currently in their late 20s to early 40s) are more dedicated to gaming than Gen Z. The study surveyed 1,000 gamers from the U.S. and 1,000 from the UK and found that Millennials engage in gaming more frequently and for longer durations.
While older gamers over 46 years play less often than Millennials, a higher percentage of them admitted to playing video games for over 24 hours in a single session.
Although Gen Z is less likely to play video games at night, a habit more common among older players, 59% of millennials continue to play games even when they know it can disrupt their sleep or interfere with their other responsibilities.
The primary reason behind it is that millennials grew up witnessing the evolution of the gaming industry from pixelated, 8-bit worlds to rich and realistic environments.
At the same time, Aleksib, a professional Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player, believes gaming is becoming more mainstream among younger children. He states that even four-year-olds play games on an iPad, which he did not have access to at that age.
Aleksib also highlighted that gaming had become a social activity where players could connect with others and form friendships. The survey supports this, showing that video games serve as a way for millennials to unwind and socialize with their friends.
Despite the benefits of gaming, it can lead to addiction, characterized by an inability to focus on other activities and constant thoughts about gaming. Therefore, individuals must prioritize their responsibilities and make time for other activities and hobbies outside of gaming.