The amount of time Americans spend playing video games and board games has risen by 50 percent since 2003, according to new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The typical American now spends more time playing games than volunteering, going to social events or going to church.
The numbers come from the American Time Use Survey, a nationally representative annual study that asks respondents to recount, in minute-by-minute detail, how they spent the previous day. On the average day in 2016, the average American age fifteen and older spent about 15 minutes playing games, up from 10 minutes in 2003, according to the survey.
If you exclude people who played no games at all, the typical gamer spent over two hours per day playing games in 2016.
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