No surprise here given the stereotype of moms playing Farmville on Facebook, but the most dedicated mobile gamers also tend to be women over 30, according to a new study from mobile gaming community MocoSpace. According to a survey of 15,000 MocoSpace members conducted in December, women over 30 played the most mobile games, with 27 percent spending three hours a day or more playing games on their mobile phones. By comparison half that number of women between the ages of 12 to 27 reported spending the same amount of time playing mobile games.
The survey also found that mobile gaming saw a big jump in popularity year-over-year, with 46 percent of MocoSpace members indicating they were spending more time playing mobile games this year as compared to last year. Twenty-six percent of those surveyed said they were spending more time on consoles year-over-year and 23 percent said they were spending more time on their computers.
Overall, MocoSpace found that 21 percent of its users spent at least an hour a day playing mobile games, compared to 24 percent who said they spent an hour a day playing console games. MocoSpace also cited a recent study by the NPD group that showed more than 47 percent of mobile gaming is done at home, meaning that gamers are increasingly using their leisure time at home for mobile games, rather than cramming gameplay into free moments while out of the house.