Teens, Games and Civics Amanda Lenhart Games, Learning and Libraries November 2, 2008 Oak Brook, IL Road Map Methods Main Findings Basics about game play Gaming as a social experience Parents and games Games and civics Takeaways Research Questions
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Teens, Games and CivicsAmanda LenhartGames, Learning and LibrariesNovember 2, 2008Oak Brook, IL
Major Finding: Nearly all teens play games.
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We asked about 14 different game genres
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Major Finding:Teen gaming is social.
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The qualifications of self-governance are not innate. They are the result of habit and long training.
-- Thomas Jefferson
Many students lack basic civic knowledge…
And among adults…
Playing games where you:
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Major Finding:More civic gaming experiences = more civic engagement.
* Indicates statistically significant difference when compared with the percent of teens with the fewest civic gaming experiences.
Major Finding:Social game play correlates with civic engagement.
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Major Finding:Social interaction related to games increases engagement.
Game players who post to gaming websites or discussion boards are more likely to report they:
(Machinima = Machine + Cinema)
Pew Internet & American Life Project
Full Report @ http://www.pewinternet.org Civics White Paper @ http://www.civicsurvey.org/