Survey: Women love gaming more than sex

James Batchelor
Survey: Women love gaming more than sex

A new study has found that women who play online games prefer their gaming sessions to taking a bath, shopping, working out – and having sex.

The survey of 2,052 people was commissioned by Doritos and found that 49 per cent of women play online games, almost matching the 50 per cent of men that game online.

Of these female online gamers, 84 per cent said they enjoy their gaming sessions, compared to just 70 per cent who enjoy sex. 62 per cent enjoy working out, 71 per cent enjoy shopping and 75 per cent enjoy having a bath.

And nearly one in five female gamers (17 per cent) admitted they play online games in bed.

Women even play online games for longer than men. The participants spend an average of 3.5 hours playing online games each week. 23.1 per cent of women's time online is spent gaming, compared with 22.3 per cent for men.

The survey was commissioned to coincide with the launch of the Doritos Dip Desperado Facebook game.

"Social and mobile gaming is hugely popular and, as the survey reveals, amongst women as much as men," said Doritos marketing manager Hugo Amos. "We wanted to create a game that is fun and entertaining for everyone. It will be exciting to see who tops the Doritos Dip Desperado Facebook leaderboard over coming weeks."


Tags: survey , sex , women

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Here's my question: Is it core games they're playing online or Facebook "apps" like FarmVille, Cafe World and Mafia Wars? If it's the latter, I don't count it personally, as I've been a gamer since I was 2 years old, and "apps" aren't immersive enough to be called a game in my view.

Kevin Murphy

Kevin Murphy STUDENT
Jul 15th 2011 at 12:11PM

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If you aren't counting FarmVille etc then at what point does it become a "real" game? Does it have to have a 3D Engine? Do platformers count? What about the casual PopCap games?

Leigh Makewell

Leigh Makewell STUDENT
Jul 15th 2011 at 1:31PM

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SimCity Deluxe HD is an app. Does that not count?

I accidentally became obsessed with browser-based Caesary for several weeks, working with my guild to take down the other guilds in our area. Does that not count?
(Caesary story here:

Tetris is widely available all over the Internet as well as on the DS. Does that- ...oh, never mind.

Debbie Timmins

Debbie Timmins INDUSTRY
Jul 15th 2011 at 4:18PM

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