New Study Shows Men Who Harass Women Actually Suck At Video Games

By Subhro Prakash Ghosh | 1 year ago
New Study Shows Men Who Harass Women Actually Suck At Video Games

In the starting of July, Movie News Guide had revealed the research of Michael Kasumovic and Tom Denson who stated that “motivation for playing violent video games is very closely linked to a person’s desire for sex.” Now Kasumovic and Jeffrey Kuznekoff have discovered the reason why men certainly abuse women over Internet. It is simply because they suck at games. Read the full article to know more details.

Kasumovic, an evolutionary biologist at the University of New South Wales in Australia, and Kuznekoff, an Assistant Professor of Communication at Miami University, recently published a new study titled “Insights into Sexism: Male Status and Performance Moderates Female-Directed Hostile and Amicable Behaviour” in the journal PLOS One. Both the researchers had sharply watched how men treated women during 163 plays of the video game “Halo 3.”


What they tracked the comments of the male players made to each other, regardless of the game situation, they tended to be pretty cordial to each other. They found that the good male performers were complimenting and gently behaving with other male and female players.

However, Kasumovic and Kuznekoff surprisingly noticed the poor performers were frequently using nasty and abusive comments to the female video gamers. Although bad players were observed becoming negative toward other male players, but their behavior and comments turned worst to the female peers.

Kasumovic has also commented that video games like “Halo 3” actually make incredible proxies for studying real-life behavior.

Men generally comply with the rules associated with navigating hierarchies while playing with male teammates. Even if skill did not moderate positivity of focal players towards their male-voiced teammate, the higher skilled players are less negative, iDigital Times revealed in a part of the study.

The study deeply stated that due to the pre-existing social hierarchy, men often rely on aggression to maintain their dominant social status. Hence, when the lower-status or under-performing males feel threatened with the females’ performances and social ranks, they (men) become more hostile and violent and deliberately try to harm them.

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