Over the past few years, we’ve moved away from the stereotype of the gamer as a pasty, socially awkward, sun-fearing basement dweller – bereft of charm, hairbrushes and deodorant. Not the sort of bait conducive to snagging a member of the opposite – or same, if that’s your thing – sex.
Gamers these days are mostly seen as regular people, capable of forging relationships – who just happen to like playing games. Is that really the case though? A recent anonymous 80-000 strong survey by GameFAQS revealed that nearly 68% of those polled are not in a relationship – and that 42% of those surveyed have never been in a relationship at all.
The results of the relationship status poll of 79268 GameFAQs members attested to 42.35% of users have never having had a significant other, while 25.28% are currently single, but have had at least one partner in the past. 14.55% are in a non-serious relationship, 9.15% are engaged, and a mere 8.67% are married.
I’m pretty surprised by the results. The majority of gamers I know are indeed just regular people, most of whom are actually married. The rest of them? They are in committed, serious relationships with their right hands.
Is this a testament to the veracity of a hackneyed stereotype of gamers as a whole, or just indicative of the gaming microcosm that is the GameFAQS community?
Source : Hot Blooded Gaming
Last Updated: August 4, 2010