Stereotypes are hard to get rid of. Even amongst the gaming community we tend to see the average gamer as an overweight, frustrated, mouse-grabbing male; one with little to no knowledge of what makes a decent beard. But, time and time again, scientific studies have stepped in to shatter the image of #VideoGames in popular culture.
I must say, even though I'm someone who supports challenges to the stereotypes that hold our industry back, I had no idea that we were so... promiscuous.
Turns Out Gamers Are Having A Lot Of Sex!
We already know why it's great to date a gamer, but according to a new study we can actually add another reason to our list—tons o' sex.
Conducted by a money saving website in the UK, the survey, as part of ongoing research into stereotypes, wanted to see whether gamers were as reclusive as the general public makes them out to be. 2,357 UK-based women aged 18 and over were invited to come and take part in a survey that would quiz them on their sex lives and romantic partners. All of them claimed they were in a relationship for over a year at the time of questioning.
They were asked to pick which of the following descriptions best suited their significant other: gym goer, hipster, dad, nerdy, chav (a young lower-class person typified by brash and loutish behaviour and the wearing of designer clothes), trend-setter, rocker or gamer. Here are the results:
- 25% chose ‘gym goer’
- 21% ‘hipster’
- 17% ‘gamer’
- 12% ‘rockers’
- 9% ‘dad’
- 7% ‘nerdy’
- 6% ‘trend-setter’
- 3% ‘chav’
They were then asked whether they felt particularly happy with their sex lives, to which 78% agreed. A decent number, wouldn't you say? Next up, they were asked how often they engaged in coitus with their partner. The answers ranged from once every two weeks to almost every day. Researchers then combined the answers to this question with that of the initial one in order to uncover which group was most sexually active on average. Can you guess who it was? That's right, YOU!
- 1. Gamer – 6 times a week
- 2. Hipster – 4 times a week
- 3. Chav – 4 times a week
- 4. Trend-setter – 3 times a week
- 5. Nerdy – 3 times a week
- 6. Rocker – 2 times a week
- 7. Gym goer – once a week
- 8. Dad – once a fortnight
6 times a week for gamers?! Wow! Are they doing it with controller in hand?! Amazing stuff! I also love that the image of a rocker has been shattered in terms of promiscuity and that a dad's relationship with sex has been completely reinforced. Sorry dads.
However, this wasn't the only good news for gamers! The study uncovered that gamers put their partners' sexual pleasure before their own more often than any other group. Participants were asked, “Does your partner care about your sexual needs and desires?” and from the data, researchers concluded that gamers were yet again at the top, with 59% caring more about their sexual partner! The 'Trend-setters' were the most selfish, however, with only 16% of respondents saying they cared about their partner's needs in the bedroom. Too busy trying to look good, am I right?!
George Charles, the lead researcher involved, concluded with this statement:
People usually assume that gamers are so busy playing games that they don’t have time for much else but this study has definitely proven this is just not the case. Many would assume macho gym goers would be constantly proving that they are ready to go in the bedroom but it really does go to show that you shouldn’t make snap judgements about people!