If you’re in a relationship, you might want to ease off on the all-night gaming marathons. A recent survey of 1,500 gamers and their partners conducted by OnePoll suggests that gaming can ruin relationships.
Over five percent of gamers who participated in the poll confessed that their hobby cost them their relationship, reports Daily Mail. Also, over half of the women polled admit that they were jealous of the amount of time their significant other spent player games. This makes sense. Because one out of ten men polled say that they have passed on sex in favor of scoring more time playing.
“It seems like a games console often means there are three people in a relationship,” said a spokesperson for OnePoll. “It’s a bit sad if the virtual world is taking precedence over the real world.”
Above: Call of Duty titles are the biggest threat to a relationship. Unfortunately, the survey neglected to mention that Call of Duty games are awesome
According to the survey, gaming may also have a negative impact on relationships before they even get started. One in ten men surveyed say they've cancelled plans for a date in order to keep playing. Daily Mail also lists ‘The Top 20 Relationship Wrecking Games,’ which names Call of Duty titles as the biggest threat to a relationship.
What’s your experience with love and gaming? Has your hobby ruined any of your relationships? Does your significant other think you pay too much attention to your game-related pursuits?
Or are you suspicious of the poll’s findings? It’s worth noting that the language used in the Daily Mail write-up suggests that all the gamers polled were men, and that all the significant others polled were women. Selective sampling could explain some of the sensationalist findings from the poll. GamesRadar contacted OnePoll for more details about the methodology used for the recent survey, but did not receive a response.
Nov 16, 2010