Ignore The "Women Like Games More Than Sex" Headlines
See, this is what happens when you desperately want a hot headline during the summer lull.
It started at MCV and then continued on to many major game sources, including GamePro. They're citing a new study sponsored by Doritos where 2,052 people were asked if they enjoy various leisurely activities, including exercising, taking a bath, shopping, playing games, and having sex. After determining that about the same number of women and men play games online (49% compared to 50%), the survey found that 84% of women said they enjoy their gaming sessions. That tops the other stuff, including the 70% who say they enjoy sex. And so, here come the headlines.
Now of course, we're making the comparison as the study does no such thing. It didn't ask if they liked gaming more than sex; it didn't ask if they liked any one hobby more than the other. We might be able to infer that based on the numbers but forgive me; the psychology of this issue irritates me. Sex and gaming are a tad different. I'd wager that 95% of anyone who sits down to play a game is going to enjoy it; they've paid the entrance fee, likely know exactly what to expect, and are fully capable of enjoying the experience. It's simple and easy.
Sex is a touch more complicated. Some women seek therapy for not being able to enjoy sex. Many complain of incompetent lovers (sorry guys, but it's true). A whole lot more simply aren't physically or emotionally capable. There's a gigantic and very unfortunate myriad of reasons why a woman wouldn't enjoy sex. ...how could she not enjoy the gaming session? What, a little frustrated? Power went out?
Look, I understand the need for spicy headlines. But this one got to me.
7/16/2011 9:45:03 AM Ben Dutka