Online Gamers Get Girls [ article ]

I’m not actually sure if I had to start over whether or not I would do well in the online dating scene. One of my better social skills is being able to read the body language of people I am talking to. Doesn’t really do me a lick of good online. “Judging by your avatar you seem polygonic.”

source: Online University


  • Draco

    Sadly, all of these reasons don’t work exclusively on singles. My wife left me for a guy in their MMO because it was easier to feel connected to him online than it was to put in the effort to connect with me.

    • Kaz88

      In the same boat. Might be true, but hard for me to support the trend.

    • Obidan

      Holy crap, me too. She left me for a guy literally, LIVING IN HIS MOTHER’S BASEMENT in IOWA because they raid so well together, rather than have a real world relationship with her husband and her son. He moved into HER basement, and doesn’t pay the rent, but MAN he can sure DPS.

  • There is so much wrong with this that it isn’t even funny. The statistics are incredibly skewed. The main one on which to focus is the fact that there are less people dating indicating that they are dating someone on than there are playing WoW. The reason is very simple – most people stop using dating websites, especially those for which they have to pay, after they find someone. If they aren’t satisfied with the person, they go back to the site. With WoW you’re there NOT for the purpose of finding someone, and people are likely to get their partners involved. But there’s no indication there that they met the people online. Many of my friends who are or have been in couples who play WoW were in situations where they met offline and then one of them convinced the other to join them online.

    And that’s just one aspect of this thing.

    As for your stating you’re not sure if you’d do well in the online dating scene, I’d venture to say you’d be just about as successful as you were in the offline dating scene. Dating frequencies are determined by looks, and continued dating is up to chemistry determined on an actual date. Online dating is just a means to meet people. Sure, some say the profile presents a new obstacle people didn’t have in the past, but in my experience just being on a site presents more opportunities to meet people you otherwise would never have known.

    Did I say “in my experience”? Yeah, my wife and I are a success story.

  • SerenityDan

    I would rather die alone than play WoW ever again.

    • David

      And if it’s a gamer you’re after that statement is going to land you a man/woman a million times faster.

  • Fluxxdog

    I can understand quite a few of these points. My GF and I met on a dating site. We tried a couple dates and things were OK, but then we gamed together. Who would’ve thought GlaDOS would make such a good matchmaker ^^

  • Stan

    I hate the statistic of age given on this infograph. Damn straight the average user age for dating sites is older, you don’t have 12-year-olds on the dating sites! I doubt you even have very many 18 or 20-year-olds either, which schews the average even more.

    So, yeah, gaming has a younger crowd, but how many of them are actually legal to date? How many of them are INTERESTED in dating?

    • Walter44

      Technically, there’s no “legal” age for dating. Sexual relations and marriage, yeah, but not dating. But I get your point.

    • Alex

      Not quite. Note that they said “Median”, not “Average” in the infographic. Median, unlike average, is immune to skewing simply because of numbers. If the median is 32, that means that for everyone younger than 32, there’s someone older than 32. Doesn’t matter if the ages are 12, 32, 33 or 22, 32, 68; the median in both cases is 32, while the average fluctuates wildly between the sets (Roughly 26 in the first example, roughly 41 in the second). All that it means is that generally the age population is younger for WoW than Not that it’s terribly more accurate than the average in this case, but it isn’t as susceptible to an overpopulation of twelve-year-olds as you might think.

  • Lunar

    :3 I met my boyfriend on a gaming site. It wasn’t world of warcraft, but we still met because of online video games.

  • Amalasan

    I met my wife while playing diablo 2 in 2001, been married to a hardcore gamer for 8 years now.
    Its great :)

  • zzy

    Beyond what everyone else has said about the bogus/questionable stats, the framing of this is also really crappy. What this is implying is that gamers are male and the girls they’re meeting are what? Or maybe this is implying that all gamers are lesbians. Because if gamers are meeting girls, and those gamers must themselves be girls, right? Because the girls they’re meeting are also gaming.

    Heteronormativity FTW!

    • Edmund

      This inaccurate, pseudo-science filled piece of nerd propaganda is endorsed by Anders Behring Breivik, proud player of WoW and all round sane guy because of it…
      Wait a second…

  • Matieo

    People that play WoW are considered gamers? what’s the world coming to…

  • J

    Joystiq debunked this weeks ago (link in my name). And I like how 24.3% traveled up to 30 miles to meet and 75.7% traveled 100+ miles (for an even total of 100%). What an amazing coincidence nobody lived 31-99 miles apart.

  • Falos

    A few illogical connect-the-dots in there, but I was impressed to realize that the suspension bridge effect may actually trigger to some degree in a high-tension raid, possibly putting just a tiny bit more love in the air.

    No, wait, that’s dragon’s breath not love, scramble fellas.

  • Anonguy

    Screw WoW, My Little Pony got me my girlfriend.

  • Out of those 13 million WoW players, I think there’s something like 10 000 playing on the same server you are. And out of those, only half belong to your faction. And out of those 5 000 there’s let’s say 2 500 of the opposite sex (homosexuals have it harder, with an estimated 250 homosexuals of the same sex). And if you and your true love is online what, 1.5 hours a day on average, there’s a 1/16 chance you’re both playing at the same time. So then all you have to do is happen to connect to the same chat channel to meet although, to be fair, the trade channel makes that very likely.

    Yeah I’d get right on with that, if I didn’t loathe the socializing part of MMOs.