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New Study Shows Shy People Make More Friends In Online Gaming



/ 2 years ago

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A new study confirms what many of you may have already assumed/believed about shy people who frequently play video games online: They are more likely to gain friends in a virtual setting than in real life.

According to VG Researcher, the study—it was performed by a German university (the University of Münster)—focused on “the relationship between online videogame [sic] involvement and gaming-related friendship among emotionally sensitive individuals.” They polled a total of 396 respondents through a telephone survey in March and April 2013, during which they found that “emotionally sensitive players are using online gaming spaces differently from their less emotionally sensitive counterparts.”

In other words, they are creating more friendships online than they more socially active counterparts. Part of the reason for that, the study claims, is that shyer people “overcome their traditional social difficulties and generate new friendships as well as strengthen old ones.” Without being thrust into sometimes-awkward face-to-face interactions, people with social anxieties can exercise more freedom in an online setting. They can speak with whoever they want and however they want, though more important than that is the fact that they’re talking to others about something they all find interesting: the game itself.

Just look to the latest Bungie game, Destiny, for example. While this first-person shooter can be enjoyed as a single-player experience through the campaign mode, it (like many other games of its ilk released of late) is far more entertaining when played with others online. And it’s not difficult to imagine that the shyer people out there playing the game are forging new relationships while also trying to grind their character to the next level for a new weapon, armor upgrade, etc. To be frank, can you think of a better way to accomplish all of this? Surely doing it by yourself can be fun, but is it as much fun as doing it with other players? No.

Although it may seem obvious, the importance of anonymity also helps for shy people in feeling more comfortable at the gaming aspect, too. This is something stressed at InterCasino, an online gaming platform where users can disclose as much information about themselves as they’d like. As long as you sign up with the proper details, the rest of how you present yourself is in your hands, and that goes for whether you do something single-player like slots or go up against actual opponents in the live casino. It’s the latter that can be a bit more intimidating to players, so playing online feels more comfortable and relaxed as you can go at your own pace and choose how involved you want to get.

What do you, the reader, think about this study and its results? Does it simply confirm what you already thought or do you think it was worth putting a study like this together? Let us know in the comments!


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  • Wayne

    If the study was taken further you’d probably find it’s the shy, introverted, weakest weenie of a person who has the most to say, the foulest language, the most arrogant, aggressive, abrasive and abusive character because they feel protected and invincible.

    • That’s why you put flower as avatar? Go trashtalk somewhere else 😉

      • Wayne

        What have you got against flora? Go wash up for supper now, your mom’s calling you

    • Maysin

      No those are just stupid kids with shitty parents. If “you” taken the study even further by not playing such high trending games you would have learned that. Either you’re one of them stupid kids, a shitty parent or a AAA franchise fan boy whos tired of listening to mom jokes whenever you open your mouth.

      • Wayne

        Quick to judge a person eh? Go wipe your snotty little nose but not on your sleeve otherwise mommy will scold you.

        • Maysin

          Rofl. I’m 25, Mr. Angry-gamer-who-will-never-go-pro. I rest my case. Great follow up on the mama jokes!

          Look at this guy. 600+ Comments and just 1 follower.

          • Wayne

            Thats good. Now you just have to add 35 years more to your age then we’ll be the same age.

  • Soddam Inssein

    I think this study is a whole load of bovine excrement.

    I’m a gamer and i have hundreds off friends online, i spend more time online gaming than anything else but that doesn’t mean i am “shy” or “nervous” around people.

    This is just assuming that people that spend a lot of time gaming and making friends online must be bad at making friends and interacting with people in the real world.

    It’s bull, all of it.