Think rich people are too busy to have fun and unwind? Apparently you are DEAD WRONG, according to one survey done by dating site SeekingArrangement.com. The website surveyed 13,728 wealthy men, with a minimum income of $100,000 annually, in order to disprove the popular misconception that the more hours one spends gaming, the less likely they will be successful. The results were somewhat surprising: over 54 percent of the men surveyed said they still find time to game once a week, with 41 percent saying they prefer the 360 to be their console of choice.
Let’s take a look at the results in-depth:
Wealthy Men and Video Games (According to 13,728 Total Responses)
1.) Do Play Video Games: 54 Percent (7,413 Men)
2.) Do Not Play Video Games: 46 Percent (6,315 Men)
Annual Salary vs. Hours Played (According to 7,413 Men Who Game)
1.) $100,000-$200,000 (1,354 Members) – 5.2 Hours Per Week
2.) $200,000-$300,000 (3,081 Members) – 6.7 Hours Per Week
3.) $300,000-$400,000 – (2,027 Members) 10.3 Hours Per Week
4.) $400,000-$500,000 (312 Members) – 2.2 Hours Per Week
5.) $500,000+ (639 Members) – 0.8 Hours Per Week
Wealthy Mens’ Favorite Console (According to 7,413 Men Who Game)
1.) X-Box 360 – 41% (3,039)
2.) Playstation 3 – 26% (1,928)
3.) PC – 25% (1,853)
4.) Nintendo Wii – 8% (593)
MIT graduate and site founder, Brandon Wade, had this to say about the study:
“Many assume that time spent gaming is a detriment to success, which is completely false. Our survey indicates that gaming is an outlet, not distraction, in a wealthy man’s life. The difference between a successful man and an unsuccessful gamer is moderation. Whether it be regularly dating or regularly gaming, the key to enjoying any outlet is moderation.”
Crap, I’m barely making anything and I can’t even game for more than 1 hour per week (just kidding, I try to play for over 1 hour EVERY DAY). But I agree with Brandon: finding time to enjoy games does not mean you can’t be successful or rich in real life; you just have to moderate your play time. Reading stuff like this makes me hopeful that Brad Pitt and I can duke it out in Super Smash Bros. when it releases next year (call me to set up a time and date, Mr. Pitt!).
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