Women gamers spend a month of every year playing video games, according to new research.
Researchers from Guinness World Records 2017 (Gamer’s Edition) have revealed the true extent of women’s growing love of gaming.
The new study showed that the average female now spends up to 12 hours a week glued to either a mobile phone screen (eight hours) or a games console (four hours).
Interestingly more than four in ten women gamers said they find it therapeutic and over a quarter said they get a genuine buzz when they successfully complete a level or score sought after points or rewards.
The typical British female has over five gaming apps downloaded to her mobile device and claims she dedicates 15% of everyday to playing games and puzzles.
According to the research of 1,500 women, eight in ten women gamers prefer to game on their own but 18% regularly play with their other half, with 44% saying gaming together has brought them closer in their relationship.
However, there is fierce rivalry between couples with over two thirds (68%) of females claiming they are far superior than their partner when it comes to gaming.
Phoenix Perry, Lecturer in Computing at Goldsmiths, University of London said: “As someone who works in computing and video game development, these figures do not come as a surprise to me.
“I regularly work with women gamers who will often describe the therapeutic effect of playing and the buzz of succeeding in a game. And of course, it goes without saying that I very much enjoy the experience myself.
Passionate advocate for women
“I am a passionate advocate for women in gaming and the tech industry in general, and my work constantly looks for opportunities to bring people together to raise awareness of our collective interconnectivity.
“Studies like this show that the appeal of gaming is anything but exclusive to men, and that can only be a good thing.”
More than two thirds (67%) of the 1,000 girls polled said their favourite type of game was a puzzle or pattern game and the most popular place to play was when in bed (54%).
Candy Crush emerged as the top game played by the nation’s women gamers, followed by Angry Birds and Temple Run.
Just over a third (34%) said their go-to place to game was on a bus or train, with more than one in ten (11%) even get tapping away on their smartphone while in work. Nearly a third (31%) also felt gaming was the best way to get some ‘me time’.
TOP 10 MOST POPULAR GAMES (VOTED BY WOMEN GAMERS)
1. Candy crush
2. Angry birds
3. Temple run
4. Fruit Ninja
5. Words with friends
6. Cut the rope
7. Subway surfers
8. Flappy Bird
9. Despicable Me: Minion Rush
10.Clash of Clans