August 22, 2007

Online Gaming Is More Popular than Facebook and YouTube

Gam­ing Remains the Most Pop­u­lar Online Enter­tain­ment Activity

Play­ing games is still a more pop­u­lar online activ­ity in the U.S. than watch­ing short video clips or vis­it­ing social net­work­ing web­sites, accord­ing to Casual Gam­ing Mar­ket Update, a new report from Parks Asso­ciates. Thirty-four per­cent of U.S. adult Inter­net users play online games on a weekly basis, com­pared with 29% who watch short online videos and 19% who visit social net­work­ing sites with the same fre­quency.” [Parks Asso­ciates, <em>via a note from Val on Face­book</em>]

online gaming is more popular than facebook and youtube

We need to fund libraries prop­erly so that they can pro­vide com­put­ers and band­width to sup­port all of these activities.

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  1. Absolutely! Espe­cially since mine is grind­ing to a halt! Inter­net band­with in the United States is atro­cious espe­cially in the rural areas.Thanks for post­ing this.

    Comment by Jeff — August 22, 2007 @ 8:30 am

  2. Hello, Jenny!

    Loved your post. Spe­cially when, in my home coun­try — Por­tu­gal -, most of the librar­i­ans would go crazy with your state­ment “We need to fund libraries prop­erly so that they can pro­vide com­put­ers and band­width to sup­port all of these activ­i­ties.“
    We got to give peo­ple what they want and, once indoors, we’ll try to pro­mote lit­er­a­ture and other cul­tural con­tents. That´s what I believe in.
    My name is Gas­par and i´m a librar­ian in Oeiras, a city near the cap­i­tal, Lis­bon. I got a blog about teenagers and young adults in pub­lic libraries: http://adrianepandora.blogspot.com
    Fell free to make me a visit, even­tough you won´t under­stand a think if you don´t know por­tuguese (or span­ish).
    If you know some US blogs about teens and young adults and libraries, send me a mail or reply this com­ment, ok?
    Like your blog a lot!

    Gas­par

    Comment by Gaspar Matos — August 22, 2007 @ 9:46 am

  3. Jenny:

    FYI — I was orig­i­nally alerted to the Parks Asso­ciates report from the blog of the Red­wood City (CA) Pub­lic Library, Liblog: A Library Weblog, at http://www.rcpl.info/services/liblog.html. Very informative!

    Comment by Val Hawkins — August 22, 2007 @ 10:10 am

  4. […] Play­ing Inter­net Games is the Most Pop­u­lar Online Activ­ity I recently came across an inter­est­ing bit of infor­ma­tion about online activ­ity and thought I’d pass it along to you.  It has been noted that even among adults weekly time spent on the inter­net is at its high­est in the “gam­ing” area! Fol­low the link to read the arti­cle.   http://theshiftedlibrarian.com/archives/2007/08/22/online-gaming-is-more-popular-than-facebook-and-y… […]

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  5. Here comes the old fuddy duddy again. We have given over a lot of com­put­ers and band­width to pub­lic access PCs, and we can see from look­ing at them that they are NOT being used for library related research. We are now noth­ing more than a game palace for peo­ple who noth­ing bet­ter to do. I have had to use a cane and walker recently and I man darn sure to be out of the way when the doors open a they RUN to the com­put­ers and sit there for hours play­ing games.

    I head up a geneal­ogy divi­sion, and we have cre­ated many use­ful indexes and have access to com­mer­cial ones as well. I was respon­si­ble for tak­ing pub­lic access inter­net off out com­put­ers — because we were pay­ing about to 15 K a year for data­base access — and the gamers would not get off the com­put­ers so patrons could use them. The other divi­sion heads (all about my age and years of ser­vice) have been grind­ing their teeth in frus­tra­tion because of the mis­be­hav­ior of the gamers.

    Sure, sure, I am speak­ing out of frus­tra­tion, but the strongest advo­cates for gam­ing are NOT the ones who have to enforce library regs — and make it to their cars or pub­lic trans­port home at pre­dictable times every day. We have had a num­ber of police inci­dents this year and when I see some­thing like “We need to fund libraries prop­erly so that they can pro­vide com­put­ers and band­width to sup­port all of these activ­i­ties.”, well I think that we need fund­ing, yes, but peo­ple can play games, watch videos and do social net­work­ing on their own nickel.

    Hmpf.

    Comment by Larry — August 22, 2007 @ 6:44 pm

  6. Just a curi­ous note. I’ve noticed I have a ten­dency to treat the phrase “online games” dif­fer­ently than “games online”. When I hear the phrase online games I think of games that derive part of their func­tion from being online. So in other words, I’m inter­act­ing with remote servers. So a pc game like World of War­craft is an online game. So too would be a MUD. Even con­sole games that allow me to use things like X-Box Live can be an online game. Notice you could play many con­sole games either online or off.

    I don’t con­sider things like most of the pop games and the like to be “online games”. (Think col­lapse, the book­worm one, etc). They’re merely games you play online. The online part is just a deliv­ery mech­a­nism. If many peo­ple didn’t have trou­ble with installing soft­ware, you could eas­ily see peo­ple installing them on their com­puter and never go back online.

    Trapped in a more neb­u­lous area for me is online ver­sions of card and board games with mul­ti­ple live play­ers. Is chess game done via a web­page an online game? Is a chess game played by email an online game? Yes, but it’s not what would imme­di­ately come to my mind.

    My sus­pi­cion is that most peo­ple don’t dif­fer­en­ti­ate between the two and it’s more of a prod­uct of grow­ing up a gamer in the eighties.

    So.…I won­der if there’s a need to dis­tin­guish between those types of games.

    Comment by Jon Gorman — August 23, 2007 @ 8:20 am

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  8. What about games you play ON face­book? :) There are sev­eral apps on there now that func­tion this way and peo­ple spend hours and hours on them because they have a bit of the social ele­ment (don’t just poke your friends — recruit them to be pirates then bomb them and steal their coins)

    Comment by Emily — August 27, 2007 @ 10:33 am

  9. […] “Play­ing games is still a more pop­u­lar online activ­ity in the U.S. than watch­ing short video clips or vis­it­ing social net­work­ing web­sites, accord­ing to Casual Gam­ing Mar­ket Update, a new report from Parks Asso­ciates. Thirty-four per­cent of U.S. adult Inter­net users play online games on a weekly basis, com­pared with 29% who watch short online videos and 19% who visit social net­work­ing sites with the same fre­quency.” Gam­ing Remains the Most Pop­u­lar Online Enter­tain­ment Activ­ity, Hat tip: The Shifted Librarian. […]

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  12. I have read a lot of arti­cles about online gam­ing for teens and adults. I am inter­ested in pro­grams for young chil­dren. We recently started a Webkinz club at the library and it has been very pop­u­lar. They kids share with each other tips and tricks for Webkinz world. Kids can ask ques­tions, but mostly it is adults who ask the ques­tions. We also have races (not online) and spin our ver­sion of the “Wheel of Wow” (not the online ver­sion) and make crafts. It is a com­mon inter­est.
    We do not require the kids to have a Webkinz, though cur­rently all the kids who come have at least one. It is the safest online com­mu­nity for kids I have seen. In the fall, we are think­ing about a “What is Webkinz?” class for par­ents who are con­cerned about the safety of chil­dren while online. Does any­one else do online gam­ing with younger kids and if so, what kinds of things do you do?

    Comment by Melissa — July 21, 2008 @ 10:06 am

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