Lucas and Sherry, Sex Differences in Video Game Play

Hypothesis 1b young women will play video games fewer

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Unformatted text preview: m meeting those needs--we predict that Hypothesis 1a: Young women will be less likely to be video games players than young men will. Hypothesis 1b: Young women will play video games fewer hours than young men will. 507 Downloaded from http://crx.sagepub.com at CORNELL UNIV LIBRARY on January 2, 2009 COMMUNICATION RESEARCH October 2004 Furthermore, because video game playing is seen as appropriate play for men and boys, but not for women and girls, young men will be more likely to engage in video game playing with other peers, as it will increase their likelihood for inclusion. In contrast, young women who play video games will be less inclined to play video games with peers, as inclusion and affection are more likely to be gained through engagement in other more "feminine" activities. As such Hypothesis 2: Young women will be less motivated by the gratification social interaction than young men will. Inclusion and affection are only part of the picture, however. The motivation of control is also important for understanding gender differences in video game play. Grodal (2000) expl...
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