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Researchers were surprised to discover, however, that for couples in which both partners played, 76% reported that gaming was actually good for their marriage. Interacting with one another’s avatars online led to higher marital satisfaction in real life
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There is a caveat, however. Although couples enjoyed interacting in virtual worlds, spouses that played on the same team—the same “guild” or “clan”—were less satisfied with their marriages than spouses playing on separate teams. Ahlstrom and Lundberg suspect that the more experienced gamers probably got frustrated with their spouses for not keeping up when the team was on a crucial mission.

Study also found that for marriages harmed by online gaming, it wasn't for the reason you'd expect.
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Brigham Young University researchers found that it wasn’t necessarily the long hours spent online that spouses had a problem with. Rather, they got upset when gaming caused offline arguments and particularly when a spouse’s excessive gaming interfered with the couple’s bedtime routine: couples who did not go to bed at the same time reported less marital satisfaction.

[Source 1]
[Source 2]

All participants in the study were MMORPG gamers for games like World of Warcraft, Final Fantasy XI, Guild Wars, Everquest and City of Heroes, so no casual gamers in this study.
Also interesting to note that previous studies have found that only 25 percent of MMORPG players are teenagers, nearly 36 percent are married and 22 percent have children. eek.gif
Edited by banthracis - 2/16/12 at 8:11am
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Lots of gamers are married. They're the ones using the popular "some kid in a basement with no life and no girlfriend pwned me" when it's really just some guy with a wife and 2 kids who plays two matches a week and happens to be better than them. Let's hang on to the illusion of legions of basement dwellers for pride's sake shall we?
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People running out of things to write about?

I am married but I balance my wife, playing games, and work equally. well not really. I work @ least 40hrs a week... spend 30hrs a week with her... and the very few remaining hours I play games biggrin.gif I have hours and hours of gaming I don't live on there and people that do don't have a life imo. thumb.gif
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It's not the gamers being married part that surprised me, it's that gaming actually improved some marriages.

I don't think many people expect THAT conclusion.
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People running out of things to write about?
 

 

Yeah, lol.

 

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It's not the gamers being married part that surprised me, it's that gaming actually improved some marriages.
I don't think many people expect THAT conclusion.


I can think of several other things that people generally consider negative but studies have found to improve marriages... wink.gif

 

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I call cowpoop on the study.

How many marriages die because of games like WoW? People that have their lives taken over by gaming, getting firred, only spending a noctile life in front of a PC screen.
 
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This makes pretty good sense, it gives them a common hobby for communicating and chance to bond. I can also see how it can hurt marriages by causing arguments or tension for reasons like your spouse not being on par with you if you play competitively or if you're in enemy guilds or even teams and your spouse kills you with cheap tactics. Two competitive gamers who are on par with each other on a skill level would make for a nice marriage.

 

Funnily enough this, I just read the "[El Reg] Official: Sony and Ericsson are divorced" thread a second before seeing this.

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I call cowpoop on the study.
How many marriages die because of games like WoW? People that have their lives taken over by gaming, getting firred, only spending a noctile life in front of a PC screen.

Now that's called gaming addiction and like any other addiction, causes the same problems and isn't healthy nor is the addiction representative of all of the demographic.

The study doesn't surprise me at all. The 'hardcore gamers' who build rigs and are into blockbuster title (FPS) games are in the minority.

Yes, most of OCN's demographic is in the minority of video gamers.
The majority by far are 'casual' and 'social' gamers, who are usually into games that are socially based or heavily promote social interaction between players as a core element of it's gameplay, like MMORPGs and Facebook games.

This also a reason why the Wii outsells the 'hardcore gamer' consoles like the PS3 and XBOX360.
Edited by chinesekiwi - 2/17/12 at 3:19am
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I can testify to both areas. My GF introduced me to Civ5 which I now loooooooooove! We also have fun playing through Little Big Planet... on the other hand she hates Gran Turismo 5 and BF3, easily getting annoyed at the obscene amount of time I spend on each.
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I can testify to both areas. My GF introduced me to Civ5 which I now loooooooooove! We also have fun playing through Little Big Planet... on the other hand she hates Gran Turismo 5 and BF3, easily getting annoyed at the obscene amount of time I spend on each.

because you aren't playing it with her.

Video gaming is just another platform for social interaction and the benefits that stems from social interaction with other people.
Played Mario Kart today on the Wii with my lil bro and his friend...twas awesome.
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