Most moms are actually gamers, survey finds – Baby Center

Moms play video games alone and with their families, competitively and cooperatively, and maybe most surprisingly of all — they play a lot
Seventy percent of moms play video games with their family, and three-quarters of moms are playing by themselves. 
More than a quarter of moms play video games daily (28 percent).
Most moms (59 percent) have purchased a video game in the past six months, and nearly one third of moms are buying games for themselves.
There are a lot of stereotypes about gaming – namely, gamers being mostly men or boys. But gaming is massively popular in the U.S., with dataOpens a new window showing that 188.9 million Americans are gamers. And guess who's right there in the mix? Moms.
According to a BabyCenter survey, the vast majority of moms – 75 percent – play video games. While many play with their families, three-quarters of the 403 moms surveyed say they play by themselves, blowing the old gaming stereotype out of the water. 
"So many people think of gamers as people in their man caves with chairs that have beverages, sitting there for hours, but there are absolutely women gamers," says Tamar Gur, M.D., Ph.D., a women's health expert and reproductive psychiatrist at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. "It can be a great way to zone out and relax for a bit."
Not only that, experts say that gaming with family members can actually help boost bonds. But what does mom-gaming look like and who is doing it? It's probably not what most people think. 
Three-quarters of moms surveyed say that they play video games by themselves and more than a quarter of those – 28 percent – say they play video games daily. 
These aren't necessarily games that their kids begged for: Nearly one third of moms say they buy games for themselves. Moms also take an average of 35 minutes out of their day to play, with phones being the most common way moms game. 
"Throughout the years, a stereotype has developed that men and boys play video games, while women and girls do not," says Hillary Ammon, Psy.D., a clinical psychologist at the Center for Anxiety & Women's Emotional Wellness in Pennsylvania. "But women [now] have greater access to games, including on their cell phones." Some content is also specifically targeted at women, Ammon points out. "There are platforms like Twitch, where female gamers can show their skills and discuss similar gaming interests," she says. 
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While plenty of moms game alone, they also play with their families. The majority – 72 percent – say that they play video games together, and half of those surveyed say they do it at least once a week. 
This can take a number of different forms. Of those who game with their families, moms say they mostly play together competitively (47 percent), while 42 percent say they take turns playing together. Nearly 40 percent will also help each other with the game, like working to beat a level or navigate a map. 
Plenty of games enable this cooperative style of play or even target families directly. "I know of several families who played Animal Crossing together daily during the pandemic," Ammon says. "They found great value in spending that time together managing their island."
Gaming can be a good bonding experience for families, as long as the games are age-appropriate for kids, Ammon says. "There can also be educational discussions that can come from playing video games together, depending on the game," she adds. 
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Games can appeal to moms for a number of reasons, but experts generally agree that it's a common way for them to unwind. "Gaming can give moms needed 'me time,'" says clinical psychologist John Mayer, Ph.D., author of Family Fit: Find Your Balance in Life. That could be while breastfeeding, waiting for a doctor's appointment or killing some downtime at work. 
Gaming is also a great bonding tool for moms who have older kids, Dr. Gur points out. "Family shared time together can be really valuable. It's a way to connect," she says. 
Experts say that gaming is generally a positive thing for moms, but parents should remain mindful about just how much they're doing it and when. "Where it becomes a concern is when it comes at the cost of quality time or connecting with the family," Dr. Gur says. "That's where video games can become a slippery slope – but moms definitely deserve to unwind."
If you like to game, know that you're in good company — and that you can even use your hobby to destress and bond with your family.
The Everyday Health Group Pregnancy & Parenting Talk to Moms® Monthly Poll was conducted by Everyday Health Group – Pregnancy and Parenting between June 1 and 3. We surveyed 403 U.S. respondents aged 18-44 who are currently pregnant or have at least one child up to 5 years old. The survey was fielded among the Dynata Research Panel.
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Korin Miller is a freelance health and lifestyle journalist. She lives at the beach with her husband and four kids, where she likes to bike, cook, and be in the sand as much as humanly possible.


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