< 1 MIN READ | Cyberpsychology

News Release

Which Age Group Are Most Likely to Be Addicted to Video Games? The Results Might Surprise You

Cite This
News Release, (2022, July 13). Which Age Group Are Most Likely to Be Addicted to Video Games? The Results Might Surprise You. Psychreg on Cyberpsychology. https://www.psychreg.org/which-age-group-most-likely-addicted-video-games-results-might-surprise-you/
Reading Time: < 1 minute

In an increasingly digital world, most people own multiple electronic devices with screens. But many parents worry about the effects of screen use on themselves and their children.

Gaming has become a defining addiction of the 21st century, however, it’s usually associated with children and teenagers.

Private rehab clinic Delamere has conducted research to reveal the most likely age group to become addicted to gaming, and the results are very surprising. 

The largest estimated age group of addicted gamers is actually those aged 25–34 with 147,577 people said to have a compulsive gaming habit. The youngest age group of 16–24 has a number of 129,980 people said to be addicted. 35–44-year-olds had an estimated 129,134 addicted gamers, which is very similar to that of 16–24-year-olds.

Estimated number of addicted gamers by age group

  • 25–34: 147,577 addicted gamers
  • 16–24: 129,980 
  • 35–44: 129,134 
  • 45–54: 110,608 
  • 55–64: 71,953 

gaming addiction age group

Catherine Carney, psychiatrist at Delamere, said: ‘Interestingly, despite presumably having very different lifestyles, the three top-ranked demographics had very similar numbers of addicted gamers. This highlights the fact that, despite what society may assume, younger people are not more susceptible to becoming addicted to gaming than older people are.

’25–34-year-olds would have more financial freedom, making it easier for them to buy the latest games, consoles and upgrades, while 16–24-year-olds may have to rely on somebody else to make extravagant purchases for them.’


Psychreg is mainly for information purposes only; materials on this website are not intended to be a substitute for professional advice. Don’t disregard professional advice or delay in seeking  treatment because of what you have read on this website. Read our full disclaimer