Here's some more fuel for your passive-aggressive grandpa that complains about all those kids and their crazy video games these days.
According to a new survey from the Pew Internet & American Life Project 97% of young people today play video games in one form or another - boys and girls alike.
And when they play video games, they often play them with someone else, ether in person or online. Two-thirds play face-to-face, the survey found, while a quarter play online with other people.
"It shows that gamers are social people," says Amanda Lenhart, a senior researcher at Pew. "They communicate just as much. They spend time face-to-face, just as much as other kids. They e-mail and text."
The kids these days game fairly often, too, with 50% of them saying they had played a video game the previous day.
And even though many underage respondents said they had played or owned several M- and AO-rated games, the Pew researchers were quick to distance themselves from making any proclamations about video games and real world violence.
Instead, Joseph Kahne, a study co-author and dean of the education school at Mills College in California, said games like Halo--while violent--provided "more than average opportunities for players to help one another."