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Article: Gamers Have 'More Social Lives' than Non-Gamers.

#1IceHuskyPosted 6/5/2014 2:23:19 PM
http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/06/05/gamers-have-more-social-lives-than-non-gamers

Yeah, this study is a bunch of baloney. There is a reason why many gamers are introverts, anti-socials, and just overall social misfits when it comes to fitting in with society. Although, I know with me, I am pretty close to my family, I have a college degree (2 of them in fact). However, I have no real friends and my career outlook is dismal at best. Who the heck did this study? Non-Gamers with social lives? lol

Thoughts?
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#2Furikuri_flclPosted 6/5/2014 2:25:39 PM
Casul gamers maybe, like CoD and Madden dudebros.
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#3IceHusky(Topic Creator)Posted 6/5/2014 2:33:33 PM
Furikuri_flcl posted...
Casul gamers maybe, like CoD and Madden dudebros.


That's what I am thinking. I think most hardcore gamers are pretty anti-social. There is a reason why gaming has always been considered an "isolation hobby". Maybe things might now be changing thanks to online gaming, but for only a select few and not the majority. They needed a bigger sample size of say, 500,000 gamers or something to that nature.
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#4raigePosted 6/5/2014 2:38:59 PM
I'm quite sure they're using the definition of gamer in the sense that it is just someone who plays games. For example, someone who plays angry birds or a game of solitaire on their cell phone during the ride to work would be considered a gamer.
#5IceHusky(Topic Creator)Posted 6/5/2014 2:41:10 PM
raige posted...
I'm quite sure they're using the definition of gamer in the sense that it is just someone who plays games. For example, someone who plays angry birds or a game of solitaire on their cell phone during the ride to work would be considered a gamer.


But are they?

I guess I am an alcoholic because I drink maybe a beer once a year. >_>
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#6toadiemanPosted 6/5/2014 2:47:23 PM
raige posted...
I'm quite sure they're using the definition of gamer in the sense that it is just someone who plays games. For example, someone who plays angry birds or a game of solitaire on their cell phone during the ride to work would be considered a gamer.


They're like 10th Kyu gamers.
#7GoldenEye8686Posted 6/5/2014 2:49:13 PM
Article is a load of bull. Being a former hardcore gamer and many of my peers, no way in hell were we social, only socialising when we met up to play games. Times change though, maybe gamers are more social now.
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#8raigePosted 6/5/2014 2:50:34 PM
IceHusky posted...
raige posted...
I'm quite sure they're using the definition of gamer in the sense that it is just someone who plays games. For example, someone who plays angry birds or a game of solitaire on their cell phone during the ride to work would be considered a gamer.


But are they?

I guess I am an alcoholic because I drink maybe a beer once a year. >_>


You're making the wrong comparison. Being an alcoholic is a specific condition in which a person is addicted to alcohol. It's more like calling someone a killer. If you've killed only once, are you a killer?
#9bloodcoastPosted 6/5/2014 2:51:42 PM
It depends on how these terms are defined. Anti-social doesn't mean lack of social activities; it means lack of motivation to interact with other people. If you are anti-social, then you wouldn't even be motivated to make a topic like this to interact with other people.

Not having real friends doesn't imply anti-social either. Maybe you haven't met the right people yet. Maybe you aren't the type that initiates, and the people you met aren't the initiative type either. You could initiative interactions more often, and things may change for you.
#10delfrickintreePosted 6/5/2014 7:08:02 PM
If playing addictive mmos for hours at a time while talking on the mic to others is considered social, like how some people (mostly women / moms from my experience) will talk endless on the telephone all day while they multitask with other things, then I'd say yea gamers could be pretty social. Same along the lines with CoD / shooters and game-specific communities. I love playing co-op games with a buddy or jumping on the mic in bf4, so maybe i'm not a huge loser afterall??? Still sounds like that study is bunk though.