Slowly but surely the academic evidence is building up. A new study conducted by researchers at Ohio University has found that women playing multiplayer on Halo 3 receive three times as much abuse as men. Confirming what is already common knowledge to those who have to put up with it, authors Jeff Kuznekoff and Lindsey Rose drew the data from interactions compiled over the course of 245 matches on the game’s most popular playlist.
This supports another study published last September. Emily Matthew surveyed a total of 874 people (40.7% women, 57.1% men) and found that women were four times as likely as men to be harassed while gaming online. 67.5% of women admitted to hiding their gender so as to avoid harassment, a tactic Kuznekoff’s and Rose’s study shows as effective.
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