So here's the deal,
Apparently the old paradigms don't apply any more. We as a sub-culture have not only taken back the word 'nerd,' but have now turned it back on our once oppressive 'social superiors' of old. According to a press release today by ad representation firm Giant Realm, Inc., their study, The Giant Realm Gamer Lifestyle Study, reported that three-quarters of the 2700 men aged 18 to 27 studied own a gaming system of some description.
The men that did own a gaming console were also found to have more active social lives than the non-gamers. "In fact, gamers are more likely than non-gamers to go out to eat, check out movies and hit the dating scene," said the press release.
So, contrary to what you, or for that matter, the world may think, we are now the dominant social group. We are now the gatekeepers to the elusive and illusive worlds of 'cool' and 'hip.'
We "arent overweight, acne-ridden young men who have a penchant for junk food and have a shrinking circle of anti-social friends. Instead, the survey suggests that gamers are community influencers and leaders."
Here's a couple more win-ulous findings the study had in it.
More than half of gamers (57%) say they are the first one asked by family and friends about the latest video game releases, movie releases, TV shows to watch and their opinion on electronics and computers
Two-thirds (67.4%) of gamers have gone out with friends in the past week, compared to 54.9% of non-gamers.
Gamers are more likely than non-gamers to use a number of personal care/grooming products, including deodorant, shaving products, body wash, disposable razors and hair grooming/styling products.
Gamers are even more likely than non-gamers to hit the gym (28.1% vs. 22.1%).
One-third of gamers have gone out on a date in the past week compared to only one-quarter of non-gamers (35.6% vs. 25.1%).
So, we're having more sex, seeing more friends, more fit, more tech savvy, and, most importantly, we get to play more games.
Sounds to meek like the roles of ten years ago have been reversed. Now they're
on the outside looking in, they
want a part of our
action, and it's my sincere hope that we not do what was done to us. I hope we show these onlookers the very best parts of what it is to be a gamer, so that they can then pass the love on to others, and so on and so forth. Because, as this site has shown us time and again, the more the merrier.
Om nom nom nom...
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