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6-14-2008 @ 3:26PM
These numbers look bad to me.15% of 621 gamers is 93 people. 1% of these "have poor social skills, specifically shyness" - in other words, one person.Really?From experience, I find it hard to believe that only one percent of ANY population has poor social skills, unless they're using quite a conservative criterion.I think the conclusion is reasonable - gamers are more or less representative of the general population - but attaching numbers and statistics to this doesn't make it more correct. We might like this conclusion, but the science is just as bad as those reports that hype addiction.
6-14-2008 @ 3:31PM
exactly, its clear this study has a remarkably low standard for what is considered socially inept. after all, saying anyone who plays a game for under 50 hours a week doesn't have a problem is lunacy. I would say anyone playing more that 20 hours a week has a problem (myself included).
6-14-2008 @ 4:10PM
You two are nuts. I play 40 hours a week, and enjoy a job, and full social life. I'm an insomniac, thus I have more time to fill than most people. Nevermind that being common, it's still possible to hold a part time job, play 40 hours, and have a social life. 112 hours of free time in a week, estimating 8 hours of sleep. Let's say my parttime job gives me 25 hours a week. (PS: 25 hours * 25.41 = $635.25 per week.) That's 87 hours of free time.Now, I bring up the income for this specific reason. I can save money hanging out with my WoW friends, instead of going and getting drunk at a stupid bar. Of course, I don't exclude myself all the time, but, a night at the bar can run $50-100. VS a night on WoW, that's, like, $0.20. And just as much fun, and much less negative results.47 hours a week with my friends OFF WoW. Should you say I'm addicted to my friends instead?
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