24 percent of Spanish “gamers” admit to hiding the time they dedicate to video games from their parents and blame it on the stereotypes and prejudices that exist about this activity, such as, for example, that it is bad for their health (66%) , harmful to the brain (31%) or violent (23%), according to a new global study carried out by Kaspersky among more than 5,000 users in 17 countries.
The results of the study affect some frustrations on the part of Spanish players regarding their relationship with their parents. Although they value certain positive aspects of video games, such as the development of creativity (43%), the learning of other languages (33%) or the improvement of social skills (29%), they are not able to get involved or dialogue with them about this passion.
This is because – according to the report itself – that the playability and social elements of video games are “vastly different” from those found in other entertainment products, such as movies and music. In fact, about half (47%) of whats respondents think that if their parents also played, the relationship between them would be better.
The study also analyzes security incidents and other types of problems typical of the “gaming” universe, such as cheating or “hacking.” In this sense, the study highlights that almost a fifth of those surveyed globally (19%) have suffered some type of harassment while enjoying their passion, with Russia being the country in which this trend is most frequent (44%) followed by Turkey (28%), Saudi Arabia (27%) and the United States (27%). In Spain, this figure stands at 11%.
According to the survey data, four out of ten Spanish players have suffered at the hands of cheaters. Likewise, 16% of those surveyed have been victims of scams, theft of valuables from the video game (19%) or their identification (14%). It is not surprising, therefore, that, as a result of all these factors, 31% of players feel stress and anxiety about the possibility of being scammed, which cancels the effect that the majority (65%) seek in video games, which is not another to relax. Other reasons for gambling are thrill-seeking (64%), and forging ties with friends (65%).
“Video games have been a great support to many people this year, bringing them comfort, relief and closeness with friends during a difficult time,” said Andrew Winton, vice president of marketing for Kaspersky. “However, for many families, bad opinions about video games can become an obstacle when it comes to establishing a fluid relationship”, recognize.
Tips from the Experts for Safe Play
Winton notes that it is “very important” to keep in mind how bullies, cheaters and “hackers” can be better avoided or handled. To do this, Kaspersky cybersecurity experts offer a series of tips to stay safe while playing online, thus improving concentration and enjoying this activity.
In particular, they recommend always buying PC games on popular platforms, such as Steam and GOG, or on official developer sites, with an efficient return policy in case of any problems and with a secure login. In the same way, they urge you to be careful with many succulent offers that arrive by email and that can end up being a scam.
They also advise using a dedicated card for online purchases. “Instead of linking the card containing the savings, it is recommended to have a debit card for purchases” online “and recharge it when necessary. That way, if intruders break into a site you are a customer of, they won’t get much, ”the experts explain.
On the other hand, they emphasize the importance of using a secure Internet connection, entering these types of online stores only from home (having the home network adequately secured) and protected devices, be they computers, smartphones or tablets.
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