In a blog post on Psychcentral.com Dr John M Grohol mentioned a German study that dispelled some stereotypes about gamers.
The results of the study were based on the answers of 2550 participants. The researchers found that there were no significant differences between the average gamer and non gamer.
However both Dr Grobol and the researchers highlight that playing games too much could be problematic.
Dr Grohol wrote: “If you let video games become your reason for waking up in the morning, not surprisingly the rest of your life will suffer.”
The study also found that the average online players was actually in their 30s as opposed to being a young adult or teenager.
Even with the small sample size the researchers said that if the stereotypes were true they would likely have found more evidence.
“For the vast majority of gamers, this study demonstrates that those who enjoy playing video games really are just normal, everyday people,” finished Dr Grohol.
Further proof that old stereotypes of gamers should be left in the past is a 2014 study published by the Internet Advertising Bureau.
The study by Populus found that the majority (52%) of gamers were actually female.
However, gaming seems to still be seen as a very male centric medium according to NWRC student Conaire Meenan.
“I feel like since the newer generations of gaming and the birth of handhelds and the Nintendo Wii making gaming more accessible using motion controls, stylus inputs and trying to implement various other gimmicks has helped widen what was seen as the typical “male dominated” view of gaming,” said the HND student.
Fellow student Chloe Lanigan said she had experienced negative behaviour purely based on her gender while playing games online.
“While it’s decreased over the years, there is still a staunch belief that games are mainly for males or that there are specific types of games that women don’t play, like horror games or competitive games,” said Chloe.
Chloe also said that one just needs to take a peek into the world of gaming to see how diverse it is. Rather than men who don’t leave their room, it is a community of artists, developers, professional gamers and many others.