Survey: Women Enjoy Video Games More Than Sex

Tracey John
Survey: Women Enjoy Video Games More Than Sex

According to a new survey, women play video games nearly as much as men, and "enjoy" gaming more than they enjoy other activities, like working out, shopping, taking a bath and having sex.

Commissioned by Doritos, the survey of 2,052 people found that 49% of women play video games online, compared to 50% of men. It also found that women play online games longer than men; women said they spent 23.1% of their time playing games online, while men said they spent 22.3% of their time.

Of these female gamers, 84% said they "enjoy" gaming, 75% enjoy taking a bath, 71% enjoy shopping, 70% said they enjoy sex and 62% enjoy exercising. About 17 percent, or one in five women, said they play online games in bed.

So what's the story here? Some sites are erroneously reporting that women prefer gaming to sex. And mentioning the statistic about gaming in bed (why does this matter?), it makes it seem that, if given the choice in the bedroom, women would rather harvest the hay in FarmVille than go for a roll in it.

Ultimately, the survey states what we've heard before: Women do play video games. Whether it's Angry Birds, World of Warcraft or Call of Duty, is it a surprise that many women like to play video games these days?

And why was this survey conducted by snack-maker Doritos? To promote the launch of their new Facebook game, of course.

But the real question is: do women enjoy playing video games more than eating Doritos?

(via MCK UK)

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Tracey John is a veteran  games, tech, comics and toy reporter based in Brooklyn, New York. You can find her on Twitter @TraceyJohn or at her website, Got a tip? Send an e-mail.