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Monday, August 14, 2006 - Page updated at 12:28 PM

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Study shows adults take break with video-games

Seattle-based RealNetworks has found in a study released today that adults play "casual" video games for a quick mental break, a way to unwind and relax and for stress relief.

A casual game is easy to play and is typically a digital puzzle or word or card game. RealNetworks hired Harris Interactive to conduct the study.

The study, conducted by Harris Interactive, found that more than 70 percent of people buying casual games from RealNetworks are women age 40 and older. It found that 67 percent of women in that age group who play casual games do so at least four times a week, and about half play every day.

About 60 percent of those same women would rather play a casual game than talk on the phone, knit or do home projects. About 50 percent would rather play casual games than go to a movie or spend time cooking.

When it comes to men over the age of 40, 76 percent would rather play a casual game than hunt; 72 percent would rather play a game than golf; 67 percent prefer it to fixing an automobile; and 68 percent choose it over talking on the phone.

Harris Interactive conducted the study online with 1,302 adults participating, including 535 women over the age of 40.

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