Last year, we looked at the real-world benefits of playing video games. There are plenty of positives, from relieving stress to boosting self-esteem. That blog post was quite enlightening, showing that boys and girls can benefit from gaming.
I used to think that most video games were geared towards boys. After all, the majority of gamers (nearly 60%) are male, according to a recent study by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). That certainly rang true in my household, with our sons playing far more video games than our now-adult daughter. However, the amount of girl gamers has increased in recent years. Per the ESA study, there are nearly twice as many adult female gamers than males under age 19. Some believe this is due to the prevalence of games on mobile devices. Titles such as Candy Crush, Flappy Bird, and Kim Kardashian: Hollywood are potentially responsible for this trend.