Blacks’ Views On Gaming Differ From Whites, Hispanics
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

A new study reveals that Hispanics are more likely to identify as “gamers” than blacks and whites; that blacks have a generally favorable view of the effects of video games; and other insight about the way different demographics view gaming.

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19% of Hispanics surveyed say the term “gamer” describes them well, versus 11% of blacks and 7% of whites. Hispanics are also most likely to agree there is a correlation between violent video games and actual violence with 52% agreeing that those who play violent video games are more likely to be violent.

In comparison, 39% of blacks agree with the same statement and 37% of whites.

More whites surveyed (28%) felt that video games are a waste of time, versus 21% Hispanics and 15% of blacks.

Blacks also held more favorable views on gaming. 19% of black people surveyed felt that video games help promote teamwork and communication, versus 10% of Hispanics and 8% of whites.

When it comes to the way minorities are portrayed in video games, almost twice as many blacks over Hispanics feel that minorities are depicted poorly. However, most surveyed, regardless of ethnicity, were unsure whether video games portrayed minority groups poorly.

That a higher percentage of blacks have a more favorable outlook on video games may be attributable to the fact that “African Americans often exhibit broader engagement with certain types of media (such as social networking sites) when compared with other groups, according to Craig Watkins, professor of Radio, Television, and Film at the University of Texas at Austin.

“What you may be seeing here,” Watkins said about the survey results, “is that African Americans are now keyed into some of the opportunities that games offer in developing creativity and skills … and some are seeing potential benefits of games.”

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Samara Lynn

Samara Lynn is a technology journalist, covering the industry for a decade. Her work appears in The Wirecutter, Tom's Hardware, PC Mag, and other online outlets. She's the author of "Windows Server 2012: Up and Running" and previously worked in the IT industry. She's currently the digital manager at Black Enterprise.