Survey Says Gamers are Losers Without Girlfriends

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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

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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