Survey Refutes ‘Loner’ Stereotype of Video Gamers


(HealthDay News) — A new survey challenges the notion that avid video gamers are antisocial loners. On the contrary, the findings suggest that gaming is actually a way to stay connected with friends and strengthen, rather than weaken, social ties.

The Pennsylvania researchers set out to gauge the habits and attitudes of regular gamers as well as the social interaction that group play engenders.

“In general, we were interested in how engagement with video games is related with perceptions of social support, based on the common belief that playing video games is socially isolating,” explained study lead author Benjamin Hickerson, an assistant professor in the department of recreation, parks and tourism management at Penn State in University Park, Pa.

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