When browsing the web in a state of boredom, I came across a quite interesting article. This article suggested after a recent poll/survey suggested that one out of three British men would prefer to play video games than sleep with their partner, claiming the 72% of them would turn down their partner in order to play a new release.
As someone who is not currently in a relationship I still find this latest statistics hard to take on board. I have been in a long term relationship, and over this period I would not even think of turning down a night of romance to play the next level of a game.
One thing that could be a sign is that the survey was carried out on a Playstation 3 website. So the target audience for this survey was gamers, but still I don’t think it is a good enough excuse for the findings to be so high in favour of gaming. Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying sex is the be all and end all of a relationship, but 72% is a high amount.
The next part of the poll which the article pointed out as sad, which I didn’t really agree with, was the same people were asked if they were given £50 to spend on anything 41% said they’d spend it on a game. But, in my opinion if you asked this question on a gaming site, what do you expect? I’m sure the outcome would be the same if you asked on a craft/art site if you were given £50 what you would spend it on, at least 40% would say art and craft supplies.
As a guy who believes he is a pretty big gamer and enjoys writing about and discussing games, I still cannot bring myself to believe the high percentage that claimed they would rather play games than have a romantic evening with their partner. I mean if it was the choice the between playing games and sleeping with a stranger, these sort of numbers might have seemed acceptable.
This survey was set up in order to research the growing trend of video game addiction within the British male population, and I would say that the findings are quite worrying and believe that sex was the right thing to ask them to choose between, as everyone knows that a high percentage of the male population think sex is a given thing in life and not a choice.
The findings did show that maybe there currently is an addiction to gaming at this point within the British male population, but is there any point or anyway to stop this growing trend and the popularity of gaming growing? After all it’s not going to have a massive effect on the population of Britain, there are still plenty of people out there re-populating the planet, even as I type this up, someone somewhere in the Britain will be working on the next statistic on the population total.
The most worry thing about this growing popularity in gaming, and what this survey was set to show is the more you look around the more obvious the fact of the matter is gaming is becoming an addiction within males. With what was seem as a geeky thing in the past, has suddenly boomed, and became the in thing.
This is further cemented into place when you look at the the image above, I mean when would you expect to see a girl posing in computer game related knickers, with that sort of provocative connotation to the picture. The main worry being with the people that completed the survey, it is highly likely that the caption with the previous image is going to be the truth.
Now it seems that games are now becoming a part of everything aimed at the male population, with even magazines like Front which uses the slogan ‘A Proper Gents Mag’ introducing a mixture of sexy girls, posing as game characters. Which is showing other mainstream medias are picking up on this, and rightly so are using it to their advantage; to sell their product, but, this is a sign of how much this is becoming clear, and the survey has just backed this up with the figures.
Even female characters in games are now becoming sex symbols in ways, with many a game discussion board having a topic for people to talk about attractive game characters, just to think this was all started by the face and more noticeably the very pointy boobs of Lara Croft in the original Tomb Raider.
Now you have developers aiming to break the hold Lara Croft has on the male gamer, and becoming the new female icon and sex icon in gaming, but, they keep falling short on this aim.
Also included within the survey was a part to give reasons they preferred gaming, with the ones that stood out the most being…
- Their partner is too hard to please
- The prospect not being as fun as gaming
I personally think these are just excuses to cover up their addiction to gaming, don’t get me wrong I think everyone has a right to their own thoughts and views, and I have no issues against the people who picked games, over the romance. It just find the pure amount that would prefer gaming is still a shock to me.
As a gamer this has stuck in my mind, when powering up my consoles. It has got me thinking am I playing games too often? Am I addicted? But to be honest I really think I could give up on gaming in order to show some love and romance to a partner if I was in a relationship, be it serious or just a bit of fun.
Survey Source: Pocket Lint