06/06/2012 04:17 pm ET Updated Aug 06, 2012

Tween Girl Video Games: Let's Go Shopping And Find Rich Boyfriends

As video games have risen dramatically in popularity over the past few decades, so has criticism of the messages they're sending kids. But for the most part, that concern has been directed at the violence in games marketed to boys. Today, though, half of girls ages 8 to 12 play games online, according to a recent study -- which means it's about time time we start looking at the games for girls and the lessons they teach. And they're not good: The most popular games among those tween girls surveyed centered on themes like cooking, shopping, makeup, and boys -- and portray a world of limited, dead-end choices.