Teens, Video Games and Civics

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Pew Internet and American Life Project

This study debunks the myth of the stereotypical teen gamer as anti-social and unproductive. A survey of more than 1,000 teens and their parents found that almost all youth play some type of video game and that the majority play in real life with their peers. In addition, youth are engaged with political and civic issues through video games. About half of those surveyed reported that they learn about moral, ethical and community issues by playing. Youth who play video games are also more likely to be politically and socially active in the real world. Free, 76 pages. (202) 415-4500, www.pewinternet.org/pdfs/PIP_Teens_Games_and_Civics_Report_FINAL.pdf.