#1 Posted by jenniferlipka (1 posts) -

a friend of mine just sent me this article, it was on yahoo buzz. It talks about whether or not shyness and poor social skills are connected to playing video games.
 
she sent it to me because I am quite shy, and, obviously, I play video games.
 
here is the link, if you want to read it,  http://buzz.yahoo.com/article/   
 
I agree with him though, it isnt what you expect from the title! lol i think he got it spot on.
 
jen
 

#2 Posted by jNerd (2011 posts) -

Nope. I am the opposite of shy.
#3 Posted by Peacemaker (1102 posts) -

I think the same thing could be said for anything that causes you to not physically interact with people.  Sitting on the computer too long daily could do the same.  

#4 Posted by Binman88 (3685 posts) -

Good article, and I agree, they don't.

#5 Posted by ZeForgotten (10397 posts) -

Nope, I have no problems going outside and talking to people. 
I have a weird problem playing online, I don't enjoy it if there's nobody there that I know playing with me. 
Dunno why..

#6 Posted by ryanwho (12082 posts) -

Video games like most addictive things simply enable bad habits you have already, they don't give them to you but they keep you from ever having to confront the fear. Kind of like taking medication to 'solve' depression. You confront the source of something to solve it, anything else just staves it off. If you're extremely shy already, I could see videogames being an outlet that keeps you from ever feeling the need to break out of your shell. But hey its your life, waste it however you want.

#7 Posted by Ineedaname (4319 posts) -

Nope, not at all.
I play games pretty much daily, and I'm certainly not shy.
Now if only I could tell everyone else that.
 
But really, they're probably associated to a point, if you play games for hours and hours daily, you're obviously missing out on a level of social interaction which might affect it, or you could just apply what you've learned from video games to social life, that always works, always.

#8 Posted by EpicSteve (6479 posts) -

I think the opposite is true. If you're naturally shy, obviously you aren't going out as much. So what is their to do alone at home? Videogames! I'm sure gaming can generate socially awkward people, but it's more likely that those people are attracted to videogames.

#9 Posted by VIGGO123 (552 posts) -

Nope, definitely not.
But in extreme situations that might be the case, someone who got no life outside in the real world won't learn the social skills needed for interaction.

#10 Edited by Synchronatic (130 posts) -
@jNerd said:

" Nope"

#11 Posted by ryanwho (12082 posts) -
@EpicSteve said:
" I think the opposite is true. If you're naturally shy, obviously you aren't going out as much. So what is their to do alone at home? Videogames! I'm sure gaming can generate socially awkward people, but it's more likely that those people are attracted to videogames. "
That's it. But the thing is, most of these theories targeted at videogames could be at large applied to the internet in general, but nobody wants to strawman the internet because everyone uses that.
#12 Posted by r0k1ll (380 posts) -

No. All of my friends have an xbox, and i talk to them on it.

#13 Posted by Yummylee (21467 posts) -

Nah, gaming is just a hobby that agrees greatly with some shy people I'd say.
#14 Posted by CandleJakk (766 posts) -

I'm the most extroverted person in my family, and most of my circle of friends, and probably the most avid game-player too.

#15 Posted by Brockly46 (645 posts) -

I wouldnt say im shy I just dont feel the need to be the center of attention.

#16 Posted by Stang (4726 posts) -

I am extremely extroverted, I don't necessarily see the correlation between games and introversion. Perhaps for those of us who have no life besides video games I can understand this, but I doubt many people are that extreme.

#17 Posted by artofwar420 (6276 posts) -

Well, if that's all you do then you might lack some social skills. Obviously not BECAUSE of video games, you could also ONLY read books all day or watch TV all day. 
 
You know correlation does not equal causation remember that.

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#18 Posted by GeneralMojo_786 (219 posts) -

noh

#19 Posted by kmdrkul (3476 posts) -

I'm shy about telling women I like videogames, but as a whole they aren't what make me a timid person.

#20 Posted by mrcool11 (469 posts) -

i know a guy who plays video games and he whipped his cock out in the school hallway. definitely not shy

#21 Posted by PureRok (4235 posts) -
@mrcool11 said:
" i know a guy who plays video games and he whipped his cock out in the school hallway. definitely not shy "
I think that still fits under "socially inept."
#22 Posted by JonathanMoore (1858 posts) -

Nah, I aint like dat. I totally talk a shit load and still play enough Video Games daily.

#23 Posted by JeevesPleez (332 posts) -
@mrcool11: lolwut
 
Yeah, sounds like everyone here knows what's up.
#24 Posted by Jambones (1696 posts) -

I am a pretty shy guy and not able to get out a lot, so if anything games, even discussing gaming, are actually a big help in becoming comfortable in social situations. It's not like I can't strike up a conversation on my own, but I am very much an introvert.
 
@artofwar420 said:

"Well, if that's all you do then you might lack some social skills. Obviously not BECAUSE of video games, you could also ONLY read books all day or watch TV all day.   You know correlation does not equal causation remember that. "
That pretty much sums up my opinion as well. Too much isolated time doing whatever activity is the cause, not video games.
#25 Posted by TheJollyRajah (1576 posts) -

Have they ever thought that shy people gravitate towards video games, instead of video games making people shy? I can see if you play video games too much and you don't do anything else (too much of ANYTHING is bad), but if you play games moderately I doubt you'd have any problems.

#26 Posted by Meteora (5787 posts) -

I'm just naturally shy or self-reserved if anything. Video games don't really have much to do with that, though there is a chance that it does seeing how I never like spending time outside the house.

#27 Posted by Whisperkill (2969 posts) -

I am shy towards other who play video games whom I don't know
 
Like, there is a girl in my Chinese class that references TF2 everyday, yet I don't say anything to her.
 
But overall, Im not very shy.

#28 Posted by weegieanawrench (1937 posts) -
@EpicSteve said:
" I think the opposite is true. If you're naturally shy, obviously you aren't going out as much. So what is their to do alone at home? Videogames! I'm sure gaming can generate socially awkward people, but it's more likely that those people are attracted to videogames. "
This.
#29 Posted by c1337us (5751 posts) -

Video games don't make people shy. But I could definately see an argument for video games helping already shy people even more reclusive.

#30 Posted by SadisticApathy (28 posts) -

I'm really, really shy, but I've always been. It doesn't matter if it's real life or the net, I have a really hard time talking to people besides those I know really well. Video games might have helped facilitate a reason for me not to combat my shyness, but it didn't really cause it.

#31 Edited by Black_Raven (1759 posts) -

I don't think games MAKE you shy, I think the correlation between gamers and shyness is that people who are shy are more likely to play a significant amount of games compared to someone who isn't as shy

#32 Posted by Eyepatch (40 posts) -
@Jambones said:
" I am a pretty shy guy and not able to get out a lot, so if anything games, even discussing gaming, are actually a big help in becoming comfortable in social situations. It's not like I can't strike up a conversation on my own, but I am very much an introvert."
This applies to me to some extent as well, however I don't consider myself to be all that shy. I find video games as a great icebreaker in comfortable social situations (a lot more so in recent years than they were in my teenage days where gaming was still the "nerdy" thing to do). Of course getting the ball rolling without sounding lame like, "So how bout that Master Chief, huh?" can be tricky but there's usually some way to sneak the topic of games into a conversation without sounding forced or silly.