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article imageStudy says women gamers more 'sexualized' than non-gamers

By JohnThomas Didymus     Nov 27, 2011 in Internet
A study by Harris Interactive, sponsored by the website Gamehouse, found more than half of online gamers are women and they are more sexualized than female non-gamers.
According to a CBS News report on the study, which was conducted with 2,000 American adults, 55 percent of online gamers are women, while 45 percent are men. Older women play more than younger women, with 64 percent of female online gamers over 34 years of age; 44 percent above 44 years, and 23 percent above 55. The study also says that 35 percent of female online gamers live in the south, with 22 percent in the west and midwest and 21 percent in the northeast.
According to the Harris study, 42 percent of female online gamers socialize in person at least once a day, while only 31 percent of non-online gamers socialize in person at least once a day. This is contrary to what we would expect, that non-online gamers would socialize more in person than online gamers. The study also says that 86 percent of female online gamers socialize on social networks, while only 71 percent of non-online gamers socialize on social networks. This is consistent with expectation.
The study says that 38 percent of female online gamers have children under 18 and 61 percent of them play between 8 to 12 pm, indicating that female online gamers play mostly after their children have gone to bed.
According to the study, 57 percent of female online gamers say they are sexually active while only 54 percent of non-online gamers say they are sexually active, indicating that online gamers are more "sexualized" than non-gamers by a significant margin of 5 percent.
The study further claimed that the sexualized gamers have sex more often that the sexualized non-gamers with 38 percent of sexualized online gamers saying they have sex at least once a week, compared to sexualized non-gamers with 34 percent saying they have sex at least once a week.
A commenter on CBS News thinks the higher "sexualization" rating of female online gamers could be because they love to grip the joystick more often than female non-online gamers.
74 percent of female online gamers watch TV at least once a day, while 71 percent of female non-online gamers watch TV at least once a day. A statistic which, according to CNET News writer Chris Matyszczyk, led Gamehouse's chief gamer, Matt Hulett, to the conclusion that, "Maybe if we all watched a little less TV and played more games online, we'd all be having a little more sex."
According to the study, more than half of all female gamers are in a serious relationship and 70 percent of the female online gamers in serious relationship say they are happy.
The main reasons female online gamers give for playing are to relieve stress(61 percent) and to fight boredom (58 percent). This statistic, Chris Matyszczyk of CNET News says, confirms the theory that gamers generally play to escape reality's reality show.
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