Poor Americans Are Gamers, Too

In case you didn't know, there are poor gamers. Conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation has published a report on what it means to be poor in America today. According to the report, households living in poverty have many modern amenities including air conditioning, cable TV and video game consoles.

The report is meant to show that the standards of living for the poor are in many cases better than most would imagine, but is a minority of impoverished families owning some sort of video game console really unexpected? Technology prices are going down. An Xbox 360 can be picked up for around $US100 and consoles from the previous generation go for even less.

The report is based on the 2005 census which shows that 29.3 per cent of poor US households have video game consoles - the same amount that have internet service. 53.9 per cent of poor households with children have a video game system in the house.

Air Conditioning, Cable TV, and an Xbox: What is Poverty in the United States Today? [The Heritage Foundation via Heritage.org]


    Is this even news?

    "Poor people spend money on entertainment? HOW DARE THEY!"

    Honestly I wouldn't be surprised if the poor spent MORE money on entertainment. People sort of need some way to distract themselves from the fact that they're /goddamn poor/. And since most people can't do much about it they've got a lot of time on their hands too.

    This is coming from someone sitting in front of a computer, an Xbox360 to their right, and a grand total of $250AU to their name. So uh, yeah, no duh.

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