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Mobile gaming wins in the bedroom

Where are most people playing mobile games? While commuting, waiting in line, or at work? Nope, it's actually in bed.


Bedrooms are usually thought of as a place to sleep, read, relax, or do other things.... But, according to a new survey by social-game site MocoSpace, people are actually playing mobile games in the bedroom--at a staggering rate.

Of the 15,000 U.S. users surveyed by MocoSpace, 96 percent said they play on their mobile device while home and 53 percent of those are doing it in bed. Second place is the living room with 41 percent, then 5 percent in the bathroom, and 1 percent at the dining table.

This breaks a lot of preconceptions about where people are when playing on their smartphones. Previously, mobile gaming has been seen as a way to kill time while waiting in line or riding public transportation, while gaming consoles were for the home.

Last year an NPD Group report found that games for mobile devices account for almost half of all game downloads, which may have concerned console gaming companies. Now this new MocoSpace survey could add to that unease.

"This report should make every console gaming company nervous," MocoSpace CEO Justin Siegel said in a statement. "Mobile gaming is not a companion to consoles, but rather it's attacking them on their home turf: the couch, the La-Z-Boy, and even the bedroom."

According to the survey, besides the 96 percent of people who play at home, 44 percent also play while waiting for an appointment, 72 percent while commuting, and 64 percent at work. Fifty-two percent of respondents said they play more than one hour a day, while 32 percent reported playing more than three hours daily.