When picturing the image of an average gamer, people often think of teens and young adults spending most of their time on the couch playing video games. But contrary to popular belief, it’s actually the ‘older’ gamers who play longer.

According to ExpressVPN’s study on gaming habits, 68% of people in their 30s and 40s play video games every day, while only 58% of younger gamers in their 20s play daily. But it’s not just adults who play longer gaming sessions. In fact, the oldest age group in the survey (46 to 55 years old) admitted that they are more likely to play over 24 hours in a session.

Since older people work during the day, they usually play games at night, and 59% of them even say they continue to do so even at the cost of losing sleep. In contrast, most younger gamers play during the daytime.


ExpressVPN believes the reason why Millennials are the biggest gamers is that they grew up watching how the gaming industry evolved. Pixelated, 8-bit games were common during the 90s and early 2000s, so they appreciated the advancements when realistic environments and characters came into play.

Unlike Millennials, who grew older before the internet was a thing, Gen Zs grew up with mobile phones and the internet in their pockets. This is probably why they just treat gaming as some sort of pastime whenever they have time to kill.

More millennials also consider themselves to be addicted to video games, with 5% of the surveyed admitting to it. By comparison, only 3% of Gen Zs say they are addicted.

With the increasing prices and popularity of pay-to-win games, having money is becoming more important in a wide range of titles. Millennials have disposable income to spend on games, noting that they are ready to spend $50 to $100 on game purchases.

What do you guys think? Do you agree with the results of the survey?

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