A new study reveals female MMORPG players log more time than their male counterparts and also are more likely to lie about how much time they're spending.  (Source: Sony)
New study reveals that many girls may be closet gaming freaks

A new study led by Dmitri Williams, a professor at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication, revealed that in some cases every male geek gamer's fantasy may be true -- some girls really are closet gaming freaks.

The study, published in the Journal of Communication, and available here (PDF), examined the gaming habits of females and males playing the popular Massively Multiplayer Online RPG (MMORPG) EverQuest II.

The sample group was quite large, consisting of responses from 7,000 logged in players.  There were many surprises in the results.  First, the gaming wasn't dominated by kids -- in fact the average age was 31.  More interestingly still, older gamers tended to spend more hours on the game per week.

And female gamers spent, on average, far more hours than their male counterparts.  Top female players logged 57 hours a week, while top male players only logged 51 hours a week.  And on average, girls logged 29 hours a week versus 25 hours for males.

Age isn't the only thing women tend to lie about, according to the survey.  More women than men responded that they lied to their friends and loved ones about how much time they played.

Other dark elf slayers/professors and grad students that participated in the study included Mia Consalvo, Scott Caplan, and Nick Yee.

"People Don't Respect Confidentiality in This Industry" -- Sony Computer Entertainment of America President and CEO Jack Tretton

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