Thursday, May 12, 2011

Gamers More Social Than Non-Gamers, According to Study

Most gamers are thought to be people that live in their parents’ basement, drink Mountain Dew and energy drinks, and play video games until the wee hours of the morning. But, a new study from Mocospace reveals information that debunks this theory. The mobile social network conducted a survey and found that gamers are actually more social than non-gamers.
Does this finding come as a surprise to you? Let us know.
Of the 10,000 people that Mocospace surveyed, the ones that played games socialized and interacted with their friends more than non-gamers did. Imran Malek, the chief of gaming at Mocospace, told us that gamers have an incentive to be social, since it helps them advance in games.
For example, on the game Happy Farm, users can help their friends with tasks on their farms. In other words, the more friends you have, the more help you could have in your game.
“I think the important thing about gaming from a social context is that you’re really incentivized to have more friends. ‘Cause the more friends you have, the more people you have working with you, and, in some cases, working for you,” said Malek.
Another interesting trend about the study is that gamers are playing more games on mobile devices. Malek pointed out that game developers realize that no other platform reaches such a large audience with an equally large attention span. He believes that people will stop buying computers and will go straight to buying mobile and tablet devices.
About Abby Johnson
Abby Johnson is a reporter for WebProNews. 


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