Report – Couples benefit from shared MMORPG play

Thursday, 8th March 2012 02:10 GMT By Brenna Hillier

If partners game together, their relationship is strengthened, a new study claims.

A Brigham Young University study surveyed 349 heterosexual couples in which at least one member played MMORPGs, and found reports of both positive and negative effects.

75% of couples in which only one member gamed complained online games were having an adverse effect, specifically in terms of reducing the amount of time spent together; interrupting sleeping patterns; and trivialising conversation.

Of those couples who game together, 76% reported a positive effect on their relationship as a result – although those who reported problems noted similar negative affects as the other group.

Researcher Neil Lundberg said it’s “common knowledge” that heavy gaming can disrupt relationships.

“Particularly when husbands are heavy gamers, it clearly has a negative impact on their marriages,” he claimed.

The survey found men gamed more than women; in couples with one gamer it was the husband 84% of the time, while in couples with two gamers, 73% of husbands gamed more than their wives.

Lundberg noted that it’s not the hours spent gaming that cause problems so much as a couple’s response to it.

“It’s not the hours that make a difference. It’s really what it does to the relationship – whether or not it creates conflict and quarrelling over the game,” he said.

The couples surveyed had an average age of 33 and an average marriage period of seven years.

Thanks, Gamespot.



  1. OlderGamer

    Well Moonkat and Hammershine have been gaming together in my house for a long time :)

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Thegaiden

    The study seems to have left out that if the couple is not doing the exact same thing at the exact same time; then someone is going to pay…

    Back when I played WoW, I used to be a raid leader for a hardcore guild, and i’m sure many people here can agree with me; progression is EVERYTHING in WoW. So when I had to pick 10 people for the raid, and when I only needed one person from a online gaming couple, and had to leave the other one out for whatever reason; skill level, their class, whatever. If I ever broke a couple, I would have fiery unrelenting rage thrown at me, anyone else left out? They were fine with it. It was always just the one person from an online gaming couple who would try to make my life a living hell…

    Add that to your study! xD

    #2 3 years ago
  3. KrazyKraut

    One year ago in Age of Conan:
    “Wtf…you are cheating how can you be here twice?”
    “dude..I am MaveriO and thats my wife MaveriA”

    #3 3 years ago

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