Friendships fostered through online gaming, new research reports

SALT LAKE CITY — Roger Altizer says the Pew Research Center lent legitimacy to a trend he and his colleagues have watched develop for years.

Altizer is associate director of the Entertainment Arts and Engineering Program at the University of Utah.

“It’s the first major national report that reflects stuff that we sort of knew from smaller studies and from industry studies that games bring people together,” Altizer said.

The report is called “Teens, Technology, and Friendship,” and it compiles data from a national survey of teens aged 13 to 17 and focus groups of teens in the same age group.

According to the report, 67% of teen boys play online with friends every week and in many cases every day.

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