Table 2

Experience with Game Play among Medical Students

N = 217

Total n(%)

Males n(%)

Females n(%)

P value


Don't play

102(47)

29(28)

72(63)

Play game

116(53)

73(63)

43(37)

<0.001


What are your favorite types of video games?*(N = 115)

Puzzle games

58(27)

28(38)

31(72)

0.001

Strategy games

52(24)

46(63)

7(16)

<0.001

Role-playing games

40(18)

33(45)

8(19)

<0.001

Arcade games

29(13)

18(25)

11(26)

NS**

First person shooter games

43(20)

41(56)

2(5)

<0.001

Sports games

40(18)

32(44)

8(19)

0.005

Simulation games

26(12)

16(22)

11(26)

NS

Adventure games

23(11)

14(19)

10(23)

NS

Other

12(6)

5(7)

8(19)

NS


How frequently do you play video games?(N = 109)

Daily or almost daily

3(2.8)

2(3)

1(2)

NS

Several times per week

21(19.3)

17(25)

4(10)

NS

Several times a month

26(23.9)

17(25)

9(22)

NS

Rarely

54(54.1)

32(47)

27(66)

NS

How has the number of hours you spend playing video games changed since you started professional school?(N = 109)

Increased

11(10)

4(6)

7(17)

NS

Stayed the same

22(20)

10(15)

12(29)

NS

Decreased

76(70)

54(79)

22(54)

0.01


I enjoy video games because*(N = 109)

They help me to relax

84(77)

54(79)

30(73)

NS

They provide a fun way to spend time with existing friends

73(67)

51(75)

22(54)

0.007

They allow me to avoid studying

69(63)

44(65)

25(61)

NS

They challenge me (e.g., in problem solving)

67(62)

46(68)

21(51)

NS

I like exploring new worlds

59(54)

43(63)

16(39)

NS

I like the competitive aspects

56(51)

40(59)

16(39)

0.03

They make me feel less lonely when friends are not available

28(26)

18(27)

10(24)

NS

They help to release hostility

23(21)

16(23)

7(17)

NS

I learn a lot from playing video games

21(19)

19(28)

2(5)

NS

Video games are a great way to make new friends

14(13)

12(18)

2(5)

NS


*Multiple responses were permitted, percentages do not add to 100%

**NS = Non-significant

Kron et al. BMC Medical Education 2010 10:50   doi:10.1186/1472-6920-10-50

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