Contrary To Stereotype, Online Gamers Are Actually Women

Stefanie Blejec / December 2, 2011

Gamers get a bad rep: They’re typecast as plump, basement-dwelling man-children who lead reclusive lives and collect actions figures. Apparently, that’s way off base. A study by GameHouse says that 55 percent of online gamers are actually female. Not only that, but in comparison to female non-gamers, they are happier, more social, and get it on more often! Say what?! Is Farmville really the solution to all of life’s problems?

Allow me to paint you a picture of the typical female gamer, as shown by this study: she’s married, fits in nookie one or more times a week, has a child under the age of 18, socializes in-person once a day, and does her gaming between 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. to relieve stress.

I personally want to know how they define a female gamer. Does playing Family Feud online once a month count? Are we talking nightly Scrabble battles on Facebook? Or is she like Tamara Lynch, who wrote this week’s “Girl Talk: I’m A Gamer” about her love for playing PlayStation3? What are your thoughts? Do you think gamers are happier in general, and what do you make of this study? [Mashable]

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