Saturday, August 3, 2019
Do You Twitch?
This weekend was the first YogCon (Yogscast Convention) in Bristol, UK which I was very excited to see. I'm a big fan of Yogscast, follow several of their streamers, listen to Triforce-a podcast of 3 of their streamers, and always watch Jingle Jam, their December charity event: so I made sure to go on Twitch to watch today's content. It was a lot of fun, and I enjoyed it a lot. I also was watching the crowd and their reactions and started wondering if many people my age watched Twitch programming.
I have watched Twitch for a long time. In addition to watching Yogscast, I also watch GTA Role Playing on Twitch a lot. My son is the one who has hooked me on these forms of programming. I know that I enjoy it because of the personalities of the people online. I think others would enjoy it if they knew about it and understood it. This line of thought started me thinking about Twitch demographics so I had to look into it. I suspected that Twitch demographics run on the young age group side.
According to Much Needed.com, Twitch is the "31st most popular website online". It also says that 55% of Twitch users are between 18 and 34 years old. The remainder are 13 (the youngest age you can have a Twitch account) to 17 and above 34-pointing out that gamers are aging and make up part of the remaining statistical group. While it doesn't say what the remaining breakdown is, I'm guessing that those of us 55 and over make up a very small percentage of viewers since we didn't grow up playing video games.
I doubt that there are very many of us in the 55 and older age bracket who have even heard about Twitch. That's really sad, because I find a lot of enjoyment out of watching streamers on Twitch. That's probably a surprise to younger readers who don't expect this viewpoint. However, there are a lot of us who like streaming and the technology that supports it. If you're in this older age group, I would highly recommend that you try it out. You may be pleasantly surprised!
Have you found your tech joy today?