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Young adults, 18-29 year olds, are the most apt to play games on any given device.
But, while computers are most popular with the total population, younger Americans are more likely to play games using a console than any other type of video game-playing device.
This percentage compares with 28% who play on game consoles like an Xbox, Play Station or Wii; 18% who play on a cell phone, Blackberry or other handheld organizer; and 13% who play on portable gaming devices like a PSP, DS or Gameboy.
These trends contrast with the gaming experiences of teens.
Like their teen counterparts, a majority (61%) of respondents 18-29 years old play games on consoles, compared with 28% of all adults who use consoles to play games.
Some 57% of respondents with at least some college education play games, significantly more than high school graduates (51%) and those who have less than a high school education (40%).
While the number of video gamers among adults is substantial, it is still well under the number of teens who play. Independent of all other factors, younger adults are considerably more likely than older adults to play games, and the likelihood that an adult is a video gamer decreases significantly with age.
Fully 81% of respondents 18-29 years old play games, while only 23% of respondents 65 years old and older report playing games.
Similarly, Americans ages 50-64 are much more likely to use computers than to use gaming consoles, cell phones (6%) or portable gaming devices (5%).
When looking specifically at gamers, these age-based preferences are even more distinct.
By comparison, just 20% of non-internet users play games.