With so much game-playing with other people, video gameplay, particularly over online networks, is an important activity through which boys form and maintain friendships with others: Much more than for girls, boys use video games as a way to spend time and engage in day-to-day interactions with their peers and friends.
These interactions occur in face-to-face settings, as well as in networked gaming environments: When playing games with others online, many teen gamers (especially boys) connect with their fellow players via voice connections in order to engage in collaboration, conversation and trash-talking.
Higher-income teens from families earning ,000 or more per year are most likely to report texting as their preferred mode when communicating with their closest friend.
Teen gamers play games with others in person (83%) and online (75%), and they play games with friends they know in person (89%) and friends they know only online (54%).
They also play online with others who are not friends (52%).
Teens with smartphones rely more heavily on texting, while teens without smartphones are more likely to say social media and phone calls are preferred modes for reaching their closest friend.
Some 85% of teens say they spend time with friends by calling them on the phone, and 19% do so every day.