Survey: Nearly every kid a video gamer

CHICAGO (AP) -- America has become a nation of young video game players.

A new national survey from the Pew Internet & American Life Project found that 97 percent of the 12- to 17-year-olds who were surveyed play video games. That's 99 percent of boys and 94 percent of girls. And there's little difference in the percentages among various racial and ethnic groups and incomes.

Even kids without a home computer play. Seven percent of those surveyed said they didn't have a computer at home, but did have a game console, such as a Sony PlayStation, Microsoft Xbox or Nintendo Wii.

And don't get the idea that the kids are holed-up in their rooms by themselves. Nearly two-thirds say they play video games to socialize face-to-face with friends and family, while just over a quarter said they play with Internet friends.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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