Sep 12 AT 3:09 PM Edgar Cervantes 15 Comments

Infographic: Angry Birds makes single people sad

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Since its release in 2009, Angry birds has been consistently growing to what it is now: the most recognized game for mobile devices. It’s a fun and addictive game that can be enjoyed in any situation. Whether you have some free time (or decide to procrastinate) at work/school or are sitting on the throne, Angry Birds has become the go-to game for most Android users (and iOS, as well as other supported platforms).

Angry Birds is fun and all, but one rarely stops to think how such a game can affect your life or how it became such a big part of it. The data we receive from infographics is always interesting, and today’s feature on Angry Birds is no different. The topic on this one covers the “psychology, sociology and addiction” that comes with our beloved Angry Birds game.

While this infographic is very well designed and the data is very interesting, the survey only covers 500 individuals (all have downloaded at least one of the Angry Birds games). It would have been good to see a larger number of participants, as well as know where these people are from. (e.g. the US? A specific state? City?) Either way, the work does still look great, so let’s take a look at it.

There are three versions of Angry birds: Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons and Angry Birds Rio. The infographic shows the percentage of people who have downloaded each version of the game, as well as the percentage of those who have actually purchased the paid version. As expected, the most popular one is the original Angry Birds; 76% have the free version and 45% own the premium one.

The percentage of people with paid versions is not as small as we expected. But who’s buying the paid apps? The infographic goes on to show some percentages for that, as well. It seems males are 35% more likely to purchase the paid version of Angry Birds. And if you add youth (age 18-24) to that equation, the number moves up to 76%. Young guys are really into games, right? Could it be that guys tend to worry more about technology, hence they usually worry more about the gaming experience? Maybe they are more prone to support developers?

There are more few interesting facts mentioned in the first section of the infographic. Apparently, all users in the world play Angry birds for about 200 million minutes a day (accumulated). This adds to a total of 380 years per day, or 16 years per hour. Also, on average, we have collectively sling shot more than 100 billion birds, which is the estimated number of real birds in the world.

The second section talks about mood after playing Angry Birds. While the vast majority tends to be happier or feel the same after playing the game, there are a few who actually end up in a worse mood. Apparently 5% of users are getting mad about those scores (or they just hate the green pigs). Unemployed and young people (18-24) are actually more likely to get upset/sad after playing the game.

It seems being single also makes things harder on people, though. Single users are 9 times more likely to have a deteriorated mood after playing Angry Birds. Can any of our single readers attest to this statement?

Last but not least, the third and fourth sections talk about addiction to the game. Yes, most of us are addicted to it. Whether it be sometimes, often or always, most interviewed users have an addiction to throwing birds. Only 18% seem to be free from such addiction, but they might be in denial…

Dr. Michael Chorost also goes on to explain 5 reasons why this game is very addictive, which is mostly due to the design and the biochemistry of our brains. It seems like 24% of the users interviewed are looking for ways to get rid of this addiction. But whether the solution is to delete the game, or find another cure, most of us just want to keep playing!

Do check out the infographic below. Also, you can check out the full results if you hit the source link. Let us know what you find most interesting, and make sure to mention any other cool/important facts we may have missed. Who is 18-24 years old and loves Angry Birds? Single readers, do you feel upset after playing the game?

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Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. I am an avid Android fan, and keeping myself updated on the topic is part of my daily life. I will always work hard to give the best of me to our community of Android enthusiasts, and I am very honored to be part of this ship. Hopefully we can all enjoy sharing our knowledge and opinions!

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  • David

    It’s true, sometimes I do feel upset after playing because I cannot beat a level or get the score I want.. usually I put it down and come back to it later and beat it in one try!


    cool little article… but really?

  • uknowme

    I’ll tell you what makes me sad. No paid version in the android market. I refuse to give money to Amazon.

    • BiGMERF

      How do you give them money? I have gotten tons of free games/apps and never given them a dime

      • MJM128

        Which also means you haven’t given the developers a dime.

        • @neidlinger

          Actually we have. Alot of those developers have advertisements in their “free app” for Amazon. And they get a premium advertising space on Amazon’s web site. Even they we have not possibly given them physical money the value of the advertising and people who buy the app via those means far outweigh what you would get without giving that app out.

          I personally have no problem paying for apps that i’ll use. But if amazon say hey “we are going to give your app away for 24 hours” , and you say “i agree to those terms, do it” I don’t want to hear about developers not getting any money. They agreed it the freebie that Amazon supplies.

  • Mark

    What a load of crap.

  • bobomb
    • SliestDragon

      You Sir win an internet for linking to xkcd. <3 :D

  • SliestDragon

    Haha, I love infographs like this. Not sure about about angry birds making you sad, but it sure can frustrate me to no end… :\

  • Lulu

    I never understood the craze.

    I cannot play this game for longer than 5 minutes before getting bored.

  • http://None CaribGrackle

    I play it on my Spica, on Chrome, on Google+… is just so addictive, fun, easy yet hard to get those full arts at the highers levels. Rovio really did a great job with this game, they deserve the success.

  • Rk

    I am single and I do not say “I attest to your statement” – but I can explain why. I have been there done that kind of.

    I was unemployed for 3 months, (actually I was unemployed for 24 months if you include the college going time during which either i searched for job or partied, never studied ;-), but I did not play so it does not count for this reply) and I played angry birds.

    Initially it was fun, but as the time progressed it started to become more competitive and frustrating. No matter how well I tried, all the methods, all the calculations, all perseverance – luck was never on my side. And tired, I used to give up or go to sleep.

    Wonder what I am talking about in above para ? It applies both to job search, and to playing Angry Birds.

    Yes, no one stops playing angry birds if they are being successful, it is when they can’t clear a level or beat a score, that they give up. That obviously means they are disappointed.

    What happens when they come out of that frustration and disappointment ? Another frustration – of job search is waiting !

    For single players, it is some other frustration if not job search – may be that of lacking company, may be that of not having a hobby, may be that elusive search of a soul mate.

    The fact is, after exiting out of angry birds, mostly defeated, deflated, exhausted – you get back to the real world which is even more sulking.

    It is being helpless, being defeated by the system that ultimately gets to you.

    “No one hits you harder than life” – Rocky

  • Officer Dibble

    This is the only game in the Top of some Nielsen research study of the most downloaded apps or something. How depressing. You mean to tell people don’t download any apps except Angry Birds, the Weather Channel, and Google Maps? BUT THE HIDDEN MALWARE READY TO STRIKE