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Gamers Told Us How Much Sex They Have

A study claims gamers get laid more than anyone else. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Somewhere between Ryan Gosling and a translucent blob of humanity smeared with Dorito dust lies the average gamer. These dudes aren’t the stuff of TV stereotypes — mom’s basement, Mountain Dew, halitosis — but nor, in most cases, are they sculpted Adonises. How am I so sure? Well, I know a few. (I used to be one.)

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Imagine my surprise, then, when I read a survey that named gamers the most sexually active male “tribe” of them all. Sure, gamers get laid sometimes. But more than jocks? More than musicians?

The survey went like this: 2,357 women who were in a relationship for one or more years were asked to assign their boyfriends to a “tribe” and then estimate how many times they did the nasty each week.

The tribes? Gamer, hipster, trendsetter, chav, nerdy, rocker, gym-goer and dad.

Allow me a moment to dissect this list. How, exactly, does one define “trendsetter”? And what separates a “trendsetter” from a “rocker” or a “hipster”? How is “dads” its own category entirely, as if having a child precludes you from gaming, setting trends, rocking out or hitting the gym? And what, pray tell, is a “chav”? (Apparently it’s a young, boorish Brit.)

The study found that gamer couples reported having sex six times a week — the most of any tribe. AskMen’s Stephanie Soh shares my concerns about this conclusion:

“Obviously, this survey doesn’t compare the lives of single men who fall into these tribes. Plus, what about people who cross categories — the gym-going hipster dads who play games and listen to rock music? Also, ‘six times a week’ sounds suspiciously similar to the amount of times your mate in high school said he had sex, even if you never saw him with any girls.”
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With findings so flimsy, it was time to take to the streets for a real-world investigation.

I doubt there’s any truly meaningful way to conduct an empirically sound survey of gamers’ sexual activity. There are too many uncontrollable variables: What really constitutes a gamer? How do you know they’re not fudging the numbers? What if “BioShock 4” just came out and they’re in a self-imposed celibacy spiral?

An anecdotal survey, though…that might work. So that’s what I did. I spoke with several gamer friends and a slew of anonymous internet folks to determine whether the aforementioned survey held water. (All names have been changed to protect the innocent.)

My friend Dan put it this way: “I’ve never thought about it as having sex ‘as a gamer.’ I’ve been dating Chelsea for two years — we have sex a couple times a week. I don’t think my gaming enters into it any more than someone who plays basketball would say basketball enters into it.”

An internet respondent echoed Dan’s sentiments (sort of): “I’m not a serious gamer or anything, and I sadly had to sell my PS4 recently, but I’ve played video games while having an active sexual relationship. It wasn’t ever really a problem except for when I’d be trying to finish a raid on ‘Destiny’ and she’d show up and expect me to immediately pay attention.”

‘Grandma’s Boy’

A female gamer responded to my query by saying she has sex once a week, “mainly because of a semi-long-distance relationship and only seeing my boyfriend on the weekends.”

A female friend of mine — call her Donna — told me her sexual activity increases in periods during which she has a boyfriend and decreases when she doesn’t: “I’m more likely to have sex if I’m at home with my boyfriend playing video games than I am if I’m single and playing video games.”

I guess you could say the same of any hobby. But how many times would Donna say she has sex per week while she’s in a relationship?

“I’m not telling you that.” Fair play, Donna.

Rob said: “If anything, my video game use goes up when I’m in a relationship.” He explained that when he has a steady sexual partner, he feels OK about devoting more time to gaming. “I don’t want to be the single guy who stays at home and plays video games. But if I have a girlfriend already…”

The respondents seemed to agree — if they were in a relationship, they had sex as much as it suited them. The precise amount of coitus varies from person to person, of course. If they were single, it was a bit harder. (But it’s usually harder for anybody to get laid when they don’t have a surefire sexual mate, no?) In other words, the “gamer” identity was a non-factor in the sexual equation.

It was, however, certainly a factor in the level of snark I received while collecting my anecdotal data. I’ll leave you with five of my favorite replies.

ME: “As a gamer, how often do you have sex?”

The respondents:

  1. “As much as I want, really.” Well, excuuuuuse me.
  2. “Tons…wait, do you mean with other people?” Self-burn. Love it.
  3. “Depends when your mom is available. But seriously, frequently. Is that precise enough?” *Tips cap.*
  4. “Anytime I want it. Sometimes multiple times a day.” Whoa, killer.
  5. “Hot coffee.” A true gamer appears! (Here’s an explanation for the uninitiated.)
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