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Video Game Losers are More Likely to be Sexist

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Loser Male gamers, sexist

This is not entirely surprising, but a new study finds that male gamers not good at video games are more likely to harass female players and, thus, be sexist.

That is, those who suck at video games more readily lash out at female competitors with sexist slurs than those who don’t.

The researchers behind the study, which is titled Insights into Sexism: Male Status and Performance Moderates Female-Directed Hostile and Amicable Behaviour, conducted tests using Halo 3, monitored how male players treated women during 163 sessions of the Xbox 360 game, and observed and tracked the comments they left one another. The results are best illustrated by the following graph…

Male gamers, sexist comments graph

They discovered that while these suckers were more likely to react negatively to both male and female players when they were losing, a disproportionate amount of the abuse went to their female competitors.

As for what exactly is going on in their heads, researchers believe the men who harassed the women did so because their participation in gaming upset the social hierarchy that had been established during play sessions. Apparently, once that hierarchy has been disrupted by the introduction of a female player, male players who considered themselves to be of a lower status believed they were at the most risk of being disregarded by their fellow male competitors.

Ironic, isn’t it?

Essentially, gamers who lash out are insecure, “low-status” and “non-dominant” and should consider what they are doing with their lives. Who knew sexists are quite literally losers?

Are you a video game loser who prays on women, or do you know anyone who is?

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