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Play until your thumb hurts: According to a recent Bitkom survey, 89 percent of 10- to 18-year-olds in Germany play computer or video games — and invest an average of two hours and 29 minutes a day. […]

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Two hours and 29 minutes – that’s how much time 89 percent of 10- to 18-year-olds in Germany spend playing video and computer games every day. And: During the weekend, the value is even higher, according to a representative study commissioned by the digital association bit bowl among 641 children and young people in Germany between the ages of 10 and 18.

In concrete terms, 70 percent of the respondents play more than an hour a day with a smartphone, computer or console, 15 percent play between 15 minutes and a full hour and only 5 percent play a maximum of 15 minutes a day.

“Games are an integral part of everyday life for many children and young people,” explains Bitkom CEO Bernhard Rohleder.

“It is important to practice regularly with video and computer games. Parents should agree a weekly time budget with their children or set a daily limit, especially for young children.”

Younger gamers spend slightly less time playing video and computer games than older ones. Children between the ages of ten and twelve play an average of about two hours a day (119 minutes) and young people from the age of 13 about 2.75 hours a day – 13 to 15 year olds play an average of 165 minutes and 16 to 18 year olds 164 minutes.

There are hardly any differences between boys and girls: while nine out of ten boys (90 percent) play, eight out of ten girls (81 percent).

However, with an average of two hours and 42 minutes, boys play well over half an hour longer than girls, who spend an average of two hours and eight minutes per day playing video or computer games.

(Source: Bitkom)

*Stephan von Voithenberg leads the online editorial team of Telecom Handel, but also regularly writes for the websites of the sister portals Internet World Business and Com!. His focus is on telecommunications: the spectrum of topics ranges from product and tariff presentations to general industry developments and stock market news.

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