Report: One in five women have dumped partners over gaming

Wednesday, 20 January 2010 15:36 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

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Research conducted by MyVoucherCodes has concluded that one in five ladies have dumped their partners because of gaming habits or excessive web usage.

Research by the UK online discount site deduced that 80 percent of women felt their mate spent too much time playing games or browsing the web, with 70 percent admitting that gaming addiction was a catalyst for arguments between the couple.

Apparently, Call of Duty was rated the game most likely to start a row between a couple, according to the research.

However, turning the tables a bit, 72 percent of men thought their partner spent too much time on the internet, but only 6 percent stated it was a reason to call the whole thing off.

“While men are more likely to spend their time running recon with, scoring goals against or shooting at people from all over the world, women are just as to blame for the time they spend online for relationship breakups according to the study,” said MyVoucherCodes managing director Mark Pearson (via PCWorld).

“I’m no relationship expert, but it seems that as technology improves, our ability to interact with those around us lessens – hopefully these statistics will be the push people need to reassess the way they treat loved ones.”

Women are indeed becoming more and more immersed in gaming and online culture, where previously it was seen as more of a male dominated pastime.

Earlier this month, Nielsen reported that 52 percent of US PSP owners were female, back in November, Nintendo revealed that 80 percent of female primary players own a Wii system, and in September, Nielsen concluded that 40 percent of console users in the US had XX chromosomes.

Furthermore, last year, it was revealed that 30 percent of Guitar Hero players were women, and 46.2 percent were PC players, with over 428,621 women claiming to play World of Warcraft.

Loads of stats, there, proving that women are just as bad as men sometimes. Take that Gloria Steinem.

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