Loneliness, Games, and Games Research with En Sattaur
Is there a link between gaming and loneliness? Can the amount of time that a person spends playing digital games predict how lonely they are? In an attempt to answer these questions, I surveyed over 600 gamers on Reddit. In this talk, I’ll share some of my findings.
As this research is still ongoing, I can’t provide any definite answers. Instead, I will use this study as an example of some of the challenges that face games researchers, and as I hypothesise about the results, I will relate my findings and thoughts to the field of games research in general. I will point out the shortcomings of general, survey-based research and outline potential future work and interesting unexplored areas of study.