Half of U.K. and U.S. mobile gamers prefer to play on their mobile devices even when they’re at home, according to a new survey conducted by independent research firm Information Solutions Group.

In fact, when asked their favorite place to play, these mobile gamers frequently named at home on the couch or while laying in bed.

They admitted to gaming in less socially acceptable locations as well, however. Two percent said they had played in a movie theater during the film. Other gamers – or possibly the same ones – said they had played at work (6 percent) or at school during class (8 percent).

The survey found an interesting dichotomy in one regard, however: 3.3 percent of U.S. respondents confessed to playing a mobile game in a place of worship, compared to only 0.7 percent in the U.K., but that may just reflect a difference in how many people attend religious services in the first place.

“We already know that people play mobile games ‘on the go,’ but now we are seeing mobile gamers largely favor their mobile devices for home use,” said Dennis Ryan, vice president of Worldwide Publishing at PopCap, the EA division that commissioned the study.

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The results of the survey can be downloaded here [PDF].

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