Study – Women who play online prefer games to sex

Friday, 15th July 2011 16:07 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

A study, conducted by Doritos which surveyed 2,052 people, has found women who play online games prefer their game to having a bath, shopping, exercising or having sex.

The survey found that 49 percent of women play online games, and 50 percent of men do as well.

It also found that 84 percent enjoy their gaming sessions compared to the 70 percent who enjoy sex. One in five admitted to playing online while in bed. Time for a new partner, apparently.

On average, the study found participants spend an average of 3.5 hours a week playing online, while women spent 23.1 percent gaming online compared to the 22.3 percent spent by males.

Other stats: 62 percent liked to work out; 71 percent liked to shop; and 75 percent enjoyed having a relaxing bath.

The survey was commissioned by Doritos ahead of the launch of Doritos Dip Desperado on Facebook.

Thanks, MCV.



  1. LOLshock94

    “A study, conducted by Doritos” not only do they make crisps but they study peoples sex lives?

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Xuchilbara

    The real game is finding one of these beauties…. Seems to be impossible in my eyes. Every girl I have dated HATES games, and would take shopping and eating out 99.99% of the time over anything.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. DSB

    I don’t think you’d want to date an MMO girl though. They’re so worshipped by every nerd under the sun that they actually end up believing that they’re special for anything other than playing an MMO while having tits.

    There’s a reason why a lot of MMO guilds have a strict non-female policy, it really does get very sad, very fast :P

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Just-Joe

    I didn’t know Doritos had scientific credibility.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Blerk

    These are also women who ‘really like crisps’, it would seem. Could there be a link between the two things, I wonder? :-D

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Razor

    “75 percent enjoyed having a relaxing bath.”

    I don’t get bath’s. You sit in a tub of water that quickly goes cold. Makes no sense to me.

    Shower, every time.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Stephany Nunneley

    @3 Sounds like a maturity issue more than anything to me. On both parts. The gals and the nubs ‘worshiping’ them.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Just-Joe

    I think I’ll wait for Hostess snack cakes to post their results.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Aimless

    @3 Genuinely curious, could you give an example of such a guild?

    I’ve only really played WoW extensively, but in my years playing that I never came across talk of male-only guilds. The majority of people I regularly played with happened to be female, too; several played using male avatars, for various reasons.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Mondayding

    No, survey has a misprint, for the word ‘women’ read ‘men’.

    Prefer to play games rather than have a bath. Yeah, right.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. DSB

    @7 Sure, but that goes for a big part of gaming in general, and MMOs in particular. Just look at the console wars. It’s a self-perpetuating argument of whose dad can take whose.

    I wasn’t saying that women weren’t perfectly capable of contributing, I’ve played with lots of those. It’s just pretty shocking how badly it can go wrong, with the wrong people.

    @8 Well, most guild rules are relative when actively recruiting (age or gender limits will mostly serve as a deterrent, rather than an outright ban) but having played on Defias Brotherhood EU, I saw several. And I saw several destroyed by weak leadership and hot chicks who leveraged the attention they got. Some were pretty legendary.

    Generally stressing your gender as a female, or being “cute” on an application will get you absolutely nowhere, for the same reason.

    Obviously a male avatar is one way to avoid attention, but if you’re in an active guild, the first logon to vent is going to destroy that. Nevermind the inevitable picture threads on forums and what not.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. KrazyKraut

    The-Destructoid-niveau arrived on VG247….

    #12 3 years ago
  13. Stephany Nunneley

    @11 I have never tried to hide my gender in a game. Then again, I only play online through the PC so I haven’t had many opportunities to experience things like what Fat, Ugly or Slutty posts on its site. I also, don’t make it a habit to pots pics of myself on the Guild forums, nor tell them anything about where I work, what my personal life entails, or what city I live in etc. Only a select few know anything about me other than my game character, and most just call me by that name as well. There are a couple in my LotRO guild who know who I am, etc, but I know who there are as well – ergo I could TP their house if I wish :P

    #13 3 years ago
  14. pleasant_cabbage

    If girls who like online gaming prefer it to sex why would you want to ‘find’ one?
    Do you hate your penis? ;)

    #14 3 years ago
  15. DSB

    Generally I don’t see girlfriends being gamers as a positive thing. If she starts on a game when you end one, then you barely get any quality time together. I’ll take a civilian any day.

    @13 I’m sure you do fine :P

    I just think it’s one of the weirdest phenomena I’ve seen in MMOs. Some women practically build brands around their online characters. I wouldn’t date one of those if my life depended on it.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. lexph3re

    @just-joe anyone with the right amount of money has scientific credibility. Funding=Research

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Aimless

    @11 Heh, funnily enough I also played on Defias — Alliance side — and never really ran into what you described. Different circles, I guess; I was never into raiding.

    This actually reminds me of a rather surreal experience in the WoW Beta: I got invited to a guild after making friends with a pair that always played together; I seem to remember that they were sisters. A few days later I discovered I’d joined a strictly all-female group. I always play as a male avatar in MMOs and had never made any comment as to my gender, yet something about the way I type — and no, I don’t use emoticons — had landed me in the rather awkward situation of having to fess up to a deception I’d never intended.

    So, in a sense I suppose I have come across what you’re talking about, it was simply the other side of the same coin.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Jockie

    I’ve come across what DSB is referring to, where women in online games become fetishised by men and form little weird power cliques, often within pre-existing guilds. It’s strange behaviour, but I think it’s a case of the vocal minority.

    Most female gamers I’ve encountered are as normal and adjusted as their male counterparts (although perhaps there is something in the arguement that hardcore mmo players as a sub-set are slightly less well-adjusted than average people, but thats a different debate!).

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Just-Joe

    @16 You know this is Doritos we’re talking about, a company that makes chips (crisp). No one is gonna bring this up in an intelligent conversation.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. DSB

    @17 I helped build one of the big raiding guilds on the horde side, so that was definitely a different environment. I think we ran from early 2007 to 2010, I left for good around Lich King though.

    @18 I think that’s true, and the problem is obviously as much with the spineless male players as with the females who abuse them. No matter the intentions of a female player, she’s going to be treated with considerably more consideration, and arguably more than a few looking to be “friends”.

    A lot of the guys playing female characters I’ve talked to, even say they get more help simply based on the avatar.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. polygem

    only a matter of time and we´ll have kinect porn games? online? sponsored by doritos? scary…

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Mondayding

    The real truth to this study is: mention the words women, sex and games in the same sentence and you’re bound to get a huge wad of comments in the boxes below.

    Everything else is “Buy Doritos on your way home tonight because you’ve just associated them with three things young men like…”

    And old men.

    And, well, you get the picture.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. xino

    where is the guy that said women were made for sex….to please!!

    #23 3 years ago
  24. Yoshi

    @3 It’s not just WoW. I’ve been in a group which used to play css quite a bit and we had a lass who was in the group who also played several MMO’s including WoW at one time… anyways, we had a few nooblets in the group that clearly “bummed” her so much it was unbelievable, we even had one person being a tad stalker’esk.

    While me and the other British fella in the group watched and laughed at these silly nooblets getting all excited from one girls XD

    #24 3 years ago
  25. lexph3re

    People can use it as one of their sources if they choose. If research was done and it genuinely heralded results. Then what intellectual would honestly care where the funds behind the research came from? It’s awfully petty to disregard research just because food is the funding source don’t you think?

    Can you discredit the Doctors at Ronald Mc. Donald house because it’s sponsored by mc donalds?

    #25 3 years ago
  26. polygem

    @25: i disrespect those doctors 4 sure. i would rather be a doctor without a job than a doctor sponsored by mc donalds. i would even prefer to get sponsored by the russian mafia than by those mc donalds gangsters.

    #26 3 years ago
  27. lexph3re

    lol @26

    #27 3 years ago
  28. guapo

    You see, if your girl is not a gamer she will, in most cases, start complaining and be generally unhappy whenever you start up a game. I base my opinion on personal experience 100%. When I met my wife she wasn’t into gaming at all, but open to the experience. Here we are 6 years (and 3 beautiful children) later and she enjoys gaming just as much as me. She has her own xbl and psn accounts and can regularly be found kicking ass online. Also, sex has never been a problem. I have the kids to show for it :)

    #28 3 years ago
  29. OrbitMonkey

    So Female gamers are just as likely to let their virtual life consume their actual life & become grotty nerds? Another victory in the battle for equality!!

    #29 3 years ago
  30. Stephany Nunneley

    @29 – :D :D

    #30 3 years ago
  31. ExOAte

    I prefer to have a bath over playing a game :< More specifically I enjoy sleeping in bath lol =')

    #31 3 years ago
  32. Hybridpsycho

    DSB that is not at all correct.

    Of coruse drama can happen when there’s a girl in a guild, but just as likely as two guys drama’ing on each other.
    It’s just different kinds of drama.

    My last guild was a good example of this, I think we had 3 or 4 active girl raiders, NO ONE even tried to flirt with them.
    The overall talk with them was mostly the “Get back to the kitchen” kind of talk. ^_^

    #32 3 years ago

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