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Mommy and daddy like video games, too

Published December 17, 2006


They grew up with Atari and the first generation of Nintendo, and most moms and dads still play video games, says a survey of 1,014 people by video game manufacturer Activision Inc.:

- Nearly three in five parents play video games. Among them, half spend the time playing with their children, while 49 percent play their children's games by themselves.

- Almost three-fourths said they feel comfortable that playing video games is part of the family's life together.

- 52 percent of parents research the games using game reviews or previews and gaming Web sites, while 56 percent rely mostly on the Entertainment Software Rating Board, or ESRB, rating system.

- Eighty-four percent of parents are familiar with the ESRB rating system, and four out of five pay close attention to games' ratings.

Online investors reinvest gains

Instead of using their year-end gains to invest in real estate, most online investors want to put their money back into their portfolios, says a survey of 400 online investors by Scottrade:

- Sixty-three percent plan to put their gains back into an online brokerage account, while 14 percent plan to buy a house.

- More than a quarter intend to use the money for retirement, while 22 percent will deposit it into a savings account. Fourteen percent will reinvest in a full service brokerage account.

- Just 6 percent said they will give their money to charity, and 9 percent will put it toward a vacation.

Use IM to get a date, or break up

Almost half of teens ages 13-18 use instant messaging - twice the percentage of adults who use it, says a Associated Press/AOL poll of 1,013 adults and 500 teens:

- Almost three-fourths of adults who use instant messages communicate with e-mail more often. Almost three-fourths of teens send instant messages more than e-mail.

- More than half of the teens who use instant messages send more than 25 a day, and one in five send more than 100. Three-fourths of adult users send fewer than 25 instant messages a day.

- Teen users (30 percent) are almost twice as likely as adults (17 percent) to say they can't imagine life without instant messaging.

- When keeping up with a friend who is far away, teens are most likely to use instant messaging, while adults turn first to e-mail.

- About a fifth of teen IM users have used IM to ask for or accept a date. Almost that many, 16 percent, have used it to break up with someone.




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