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Study – Women who play online prefer games to sex

Friday, 15 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.

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32 Comments

  1. LOLshock94

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

    #1 4 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 4 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 4 years ago
  4. Just-Joe

    I didn’t know Doritos had scientific credibility.

    #4 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 years ago
  8. Just-Joe

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

    #8 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 years ago
  12. KrazyKraut

    The-Destructoid-niveau arrived on VG247….

    #12 4 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 4 years ago
  14. pleasant_cabbage

    @2
    If girls who like online gaming prefer it to sex why would you want to ‘find’ one?
    Do you hate your penis? ;)

    #14 4 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 4 years ago
  16. lexph3re

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

    #16 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 years ago
  21. polygem

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

    #21 4 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 4 years ago
  23. xino

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

    #23 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 years ago
  27. lexph3re

    lol @26

    #27 4 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 4 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 4 years ago
  30. Stephany Nunneley

    @29 – :D :D

    #30 4 years ago
  31. ExOAte

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

    #31 4 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 4 years ago

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    Halo: Spartan Strike is now available on Windows 8, Steam, iOS devices and Windows 8 phones. The mobile top-down shooter will run you $5.99. Halo: Spartan Strike tells a new story in the Halo universe set during the events of Halo 2 on New Mombasa in 2552. Those playing on Windows 8 devices can compete […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 video shows highlights from the Episdoe Duscae demo

    Square Enix has released a Final Fantasy 15 video which shows highlights from the Episode Duscae demo included with launch editions of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. FFT0 has shipped over one million copies worldwide, and a player feedback survey is available for the Duscae demo until May 19. Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is available on PlayStation […]

  • Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since release – SuperData

    PlayStation 4 exclusive Bloodborne has sold over 155,000 digital units since it was released on March 24, according to SuperData’s latest report. The figure produced by SuperData is worldwide and comes on the heels of the one million units sold announcement earlier this week. “After the release of the beautiful but terribly short game The […]

  • Nintendo US eShop update: Mega May returns, Super Smash Bros. update, Mii Fighter costumes

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a Super Smash Bros. update and the StreetPass Mii Plaza games Battleground Z and Ultimate Angler. The update is rather detailed, and a bit larger than normal, and you may wish to pay special attention to the activities listed. Here’s the full update: StreetPass […]

  • Here’s your first look at Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida in Super Time Force Ultra

    Sony Worldwide boss Shuhei Yoshida is a playable character in Super Time Force Ultra, and today, Capy Games has provided a couple images of the man himself in the game. Yoshida was announced as a playable character in the game during Sony’s PlayStation Experience event back in December 2014. The PS4 and Vita version will […]

  • The wait is almost over – The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has gone gold

    CD Projekt RED has announced the news we’ve all been waiting to hear: The Witcher 3 has gone gold. This means Geralt’s latest, and possibly last, adventure has been sent to the factory to be pressed into lovely gaming discs. “We worked so damn hard over the past three years to bring you this game,” […]

  • Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a “couple weeks out from beta,” new trailer

    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is just a “couple of weeks out from beta,” according to development studio The Chinese Room, and a release date will be announced “shortly.” To give you an idea of how development has been coming along since it was announced at gamescom 2013, the team has released a new trailer […]

  • GTA 5 on PC looks incredible, but I can’t recommend it to console players

    As much as Matt Martin loves GTA 5, he can’t recommend upgrading from console to PC just for a slick editing suite and even prettier graphics. “This is the third time in as many years that I’ve bought GTA 5.” I have a Grand Theft Auto 5 obsession, as I’m sure you know if you’ve […]

  • The Forest engine updated to Unity 5, major graphical and gameplay improvements made

    The Forest’s latest patch added substantial improvements to the game. The Forest version 0.16 is now live on Steam with plenty of new additions. The game has been ported over to Unity engine version 5. The plant and skin shaders have been replaced or rewritten. Many other visual tweaks have been made, such as model […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront banner leaks from Star Wars Convention

    EA has been setting up the Battlefront booth at Star Wars Celebration, and one leaked picture shows what could be the game’s main art. Someone on Reddit posted a picture of the game banner at EA’s booth. Here it is: Lots of things happening here. There’s a Star Destroyer in the distance, TIE Fighters and […]

  • Get GTA 5 working with Oculus Rift using this tool

    There’s a way you can play GTA 5 in VR if you own an Oculus Rift Dev Kit and have a bit of cash to spare. VorpX, the go-to program for adding VR support to games has received an update recently to support GTA 5. This is far from perfect, as it only translates the […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 15 team revealed

    This week’s Team of the Week is now available for anyone to challenge in FIFA Ultimate Team. The team members get selected each week based on their performance during the weekend matches. You can fire up FIFA Ultimate Team on any platform and challenge this squad. You’ll also find some Team of the Week items […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will let you stealth all encounters, including bosses

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will bring back one of the original game’s major features. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is considered by many to be a great game and worthy of bearing the franchise name. One of its grating issues though was its boss fights. You only had one way to fight them: be confrontational. The […]

  • Project Cars PC specs and supported wheels announced

    The release date of Project Cars is inching ever closer and more details have been revealed to answer all your burning questions. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios has revealed the full list of supported steering wheels on all platforms, as well as the minimum and recommended PC specs. Minimum specs CPU – 2.66 GHz […]

  • GTA 5 gets custom FOV mod on PC

    Those not satisfied with GTA 5′s built-in field of view slider can use a new mod to push the number even further. The PC versions of GTA 5 – just like its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts – lets you switch between third and first-person view in shooting and driving. The game has an FOV […]

  • Win! GTA 5 on PC!

    Want to win a Steam key for Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC? Just enter here. GTA 5 released on PC this week and is going down a storm. We like it a lot, which is why we’re giving away a Steam code for Rockstar’s latest. All you need to do is enter your email […]

  • GTA 5 topples Skyrim’s record for highest concurrent players on Steam

    Not factoring in Valve games, GTA 5 is the new king of concurrent player numbers on Steam. GTA 5 is very popular on PC, even more popular than games like Skyrim in its heyday. The number of concurrent players for GTA 5 has peaked today at 301,246. This makes it the only non-Valve game to […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: what does a modern fighting game look like?

    Mortal Kombat continues to evolve as NetherRealm adds RPG systems and daily challenges to a solid fighting game, says Sherif Saed. “Mortal Kombat X takes many cues from games like Destiny, Call of Duty, and GTA Online with hourly, daily and weekly events.” For as many of its familiar facets, Mortal Kombat X has enough […]

  • J-Stars Victory VS+ coming west in June – new trailer

    J-Stars Victory VS+ will make the jump (see what I did there) to the west after all. J-Stars Victory VS+ is the western title for the fighting game which stars characters from a variety of Shonen Jump-published manga. Bandai Namco has announced the fighter will release in Europe on June 26 and in the Americas […]

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

    Codemasters has at least one more F1 game in it. F1 2015 isn’t out yet, so Codemasters is naturally not talking about what it might get up to in the future. We do know what it can get up to, though; Codemasters’ Steven Embling told Videogamer has the option to continue the series. “We have […]

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

    Project Cars offers players a wide variety of ways to customise their graphic settings on PS4 and Xbox One. Project Cars is a graphics showcase and all early indications suggest it’s going to be one of the best-looking games out there. Slightly Mad’s commitment to graphics seems to go deeper than making things pretty, though: […]

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

    Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U is great but Diddy Kong is a beast and must be stopped. The latest Super Smash Bros. 3Ds and Wii U patch seems to have nerfed Diddy Kong, a character so over-powered that serious tournament players generate controversy by choosing to use him. Nintendo doesn’t publish patch notes, […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia has been closed down. Kotaku broke the news, and also had word from an anonymous source, who said that all staff have been let go. 2K responded to our request for comment with the following statement: We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process […]

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

    Samorost 3 looks as delicately beautiful as its siblings. Samarost 3 developer Amanita Design has a reputation for gorgeous, slightly surreal world building. This new trailer for its latest adventure looks just as if not more lovely than the previous Samarost games and Botanicula. Samarost 3 is coming to Mac and PC later this year, […]

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

    SOMA is nearly here and I am torn between excitement and horrified dread. SOMA is the latest horror project from Frictional, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent. We’re pretty excited to see what Frictional comes up with next, and we won’t have too long to wait, apparently; the developer has announced that SOMA is […]

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

    Steam is now testing its latest security measure. Steam helps you protect your account by offering two-factor authentication, a solution so beautifully elegant and effective that it’s astounding every gaming network doesn’t do the same (looking at you, Sony). Valve’s version is called Steam Guard, and it works via email. This isn’t always super convenient, […]

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

    Godzilla lets you stomp around cities and battle classic kaiju. I’m in. Godzilla is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 in early July, but we haven’t seen a great deal of it since its December reveal. The new trailer below gives you an idea of just what Natsume has done with one of the biggest […]

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

    Tales of Zestiria continues Bandai Namco’s delightful new habit of bringing the popular JRPG series to the west before the shine wears off. Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, the publisher has announced. That’s not a bad turnaround, given it first hit Japan in January, and localisation of text-heavy titles is expensive […]

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

    Project Cars finally has a release date. Project Cars will release on May 8, Bandai Namco UK has announced. We haven’t yet had an update from Namco Bandai’s other regional offices, but its probably safe to bet the racer will release around the same time in the Americas, Europe and ANZ region. We can now […]

  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains trailer shows combat, online multiplayer

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains has plenty to offer fans of the anime. Previously known as Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, the Spike Chunsoft action game is coming west thanks to Atlus. Gematsu reports it’s due in both Europe and North America in May, via the 3DS eShop. The trailer below […]

  • Bloodborne stamina recovery rate affected by equip weight

    Bloodborne players have unearthed an important gameplay detail not mentioned in the game’s menus or manual. In Bloodborne, players need to manage their stamina carefully for best results. A far more aggressively-tuned affair than past Souls games, Bloodborne does away with equip weight limits, and items have no listed weight details. As far as players […]

  • Street Fighter’s Ryu, Fire Emblem’s Roy spotted in Super Smash Bros. patch – rumour

    Street Fighter’s Ryu is rumoured for future Super Smash bros DLC following datamining of the latest patch. Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U were updated recently, and hacker shinyquagsire23 claims to have found some interesting files while poking around in the 3DS patch data. As detailed on Reddit, the audio files included a new […]

  • Suikoden 3 PEGI rating suggests PS2 Classic re-release

    Suikoden. Suikoden 2. And now: Suikoden 3. Suikoden 3 has been rated by PEGI for PlayStation 3, presumably ahead of an upcoming re-release. Gematsu turned up the rating, and although we have no further information at this time, it’s not much a leap to assume the RPG will turn up as a PS2 Classic on […]

  • Star Wars Battlefront gameplay reveal to be streamed live, new Instagram tease

    The Star Wars Battlefront gameplay reveal will be live-streamed during a panel hosted by EA as part of the Star Wars Celebration festivities this Friday. This is according to an announcement from Verizon and Disney courtesy of MP1ST. The main stream for the event kicks off at 10am PDT/1pm EDT on Thursday, April 16. It […]

  • GameStop to launch retro game and console trade-in experiment

    GameStop wants to get into the retro game and console business, providing it’s a worthwhile endeavor. To test the possibility, it will soon allow customers in Birmingham, Alabama and New York City to trade-in classic consoles and games in-store. Speaking with IGN, a spokesperson for the company said the initiative will kick off on April […]

  • Battlefield Hardline’s first patch addresses five priority issues requested by the community

    Battlefield Hardline’s first patch is in the works, and today, Visceral Games has added Punkbuster and Nvidia DirectX driver fixes to the list of issues to be addressed. Miscellaneous fixes for “the most frequent crashes” will be included in the patch, as well as the following “top five priority” issues voiced by the community. Punkbuster […]

  • GTA 5 user videos: Franklin’s exploits, a traffic jam tickle our funny bone

    Since GTA 5 was released on PC this week, the amount of videos being created with the new editing tools are releasing at a quick rate. Below, are three in particular I found amusing. The first one is from James McVinnie, originally posted on Reddit, showing what occurs after he happens upon vehicles in a […]