Put away the geeky guy with Coke-bottle glasses and a pocket protector stereotype: turns out that more women than men are playing online games.
The Pew Internet and American Life Project reports that as of last November, 44% of female internet users said they played at least one game online, up from 40% a year earlier.
Only 34% of men reported playing a game online, down 1% from a year earlier.
Lee Rainie, director of the Pew project, said, "Women are increasingly enjoying role-playing games, but they are also doing simpler board games and card games."
For example, at pogo.com, an online gaming site, 55% of the 3.6 million visitors each day are women.
Rainie added that men and women tended to play online games for different reasons.
He said, "For men it's competitive. For women it's social, if you want to be reductionist about it."
Here's a link to Mark Glassman's article about the rise of Distaff Nation in online gaming; it appeared in last Thursday's New York Times Circuits section.