Nottingham Trent University released information this morning on a recent study of massively multiplayer online gamers in which over 1,000 were surveyed from across the world.
Three quarters of those surveyed say they become good friends with the players they meet, with nearly half meeting up with fellow players in real-life situations. Even more interesting is that 1 in 10 actually develop physical relationships with those they meet.
Included in the study was the fact that more than 30% found themselves attracted to another player; 40% choose to discuss sensitive issues with their online friends over real-life friends.
Professor Mark Griffiths, from Nottingham Trent University’s School of Social Sciences, said: “This study has revealed many aspects of MMORPGs that were not known before. Previous research has suggested that gamers are socially inactive, but MMORPGs are actually extremely social games, with high percentages of gamers making life-long friends and even partners.”
To read more about the study, head over to Nottingham Trent's press release.