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Characteristics of households with a dedicated games machine, 2002

Predictably, households with children under 15 are more likely to have a dedicated games machine, with 61 per cent having one in 2002, compared to 20 per cent of households without children. A games machine was also more common in households with an income over $50,000 than in lower-income households, but there was very little difference in terms of region (metropolitan versus ex-metropolitan).

For comparisons with household penetration in 1998 and 2000, see Archive: Media and communications devices: Household penetration.

Data is also available on the penetration of games consoles in households with children aged 8-17, which compares 1995 and 2007: see Archive: Media and communication devices: Household penetration and children’s access.

  Total households (m) % with dedicated games machine
Region
Metropolitan areas 4.78 33%
Outside metropolitan areas 2.71 31%
Type
With children under 15 2.18 61%
Without children under 15 5.32 20%
Personal income
Less than $25,000 2.19 15%
$25,000–$49,999 1.80 33%
$50,000–$74,999 1.31 44%
$75,000–$99,999 0.79 47%
$100,000 or over 0.85 45%
Not stated/don’t know 0.55 28%

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Household Use of Information Technology (cat. no. 8146.0).

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