I was a little shocked to hear the number of female gamers has increased - only because I have a total of two female friends who play video games - but hearing kids are taking to the console at a younger age didn't surprise me much. The most avid gamer I know is my boyfriend's 11-year-old niece who can rock Dance Dance Revolution like Janet Jackson.
A study by the NPD Group found that on average, children begin using electronic devices at 6.7 years old, down swiftly from 8.1 years in 2005. The study also found that portable game consoles (like the PSP or Nintendo DS) are the most likely devices children play on, with 39 percent of those surveyed owning one. Console hardware pulled a slightly lower adoption rate among children, at 29 percent.
The report, which was titled "Kids and Consumer Electronics Trends III,” also found that televisions and desktop computers were the sources of the earliest electronics exposer in children, often starting at age 4 or 5 years old.