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Online gaming is allegedly bringing people together more than online dating.
The site OnlineUniversity.net put together an infographic comparing the success of online dating sites with the success of dating someone met through gaming online. The conclusion: Gaming is way more likely to lead to relationship success than the average online dating site experience.
As someone who has participated in both these activities, I found it a compelling presentation and it makes sense to me, at least on a surface level. Of course, it also comes down to the simple notion that you're more likely to click with someone who you have a shared interest with than someone you don't.
You can get some of that from online dating sites, but while taking place in a digital world, meeting someone in online gaming is a bit closer to more traditional notions of dating than online dating where you put your intentions right out there. When you're hidden behind a digital avatar, personality and other things that may help make for more lasting relationships come to the fore, as opposed to most online dating sites where a picture takes the lead.
One example of gaming love in practice: a gaming podcast that I recently fell in love with, the Indoor Kids, is hosted by Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon — a married couple with a shared gaming addiction.
Check out the graphic below:
Created by: OnlineUniversity.net
(Hat tip: Mashable)