Tobold plugged a Newcastle University Business School research project based on the potential beneficial or detrimental effects of playing MMORPGs during off-job hours on employee well-being. The survey reads like some undergraduate amateur hour where they did not really take time to contemplate the responses (e.g., they don’t even have my degree, grammatical errors), but I can deal with rough surveys on topics I am interested in. What I cannot deal with and what caused me to immediately dead stop on my progress for their “research” was their opening list of how strongly do you agree/disagree with the following:
1. PLAYING MMORPGs: The following statements concern how important massively-multiplayer online role playing games (MMROPGs) are for you.
- MMORPGs have created real problems for me, but I keep playing.
- Sometimes I only plan to play a MMORPG for a few minutes and wind up spending hours in front of it.
- Playing MMORPGs takes up almost all of my leisure time.
- I would be a lot more productive if I didn’t play MMORPGs so much.
- My family and friends get angry and tell me that I play too much, but I can’t stop.
- I often play for a longer time than I intended.
- I spend much more time playing than just about anything else.
- I would spend more time with hobbies if I didn’t play so much.
- Sometimes I feel like my whole life revolves around MMORPGs.
- I often think that I should cut down on the amount of MMORPGs that I play.
- When I can’t play I get restless or irritable.
To be fair later on in separate sections they ask whether you get enjoyment from playing, if you are cheerful when you are playing, when you play you play for yourself, etc. BUT, the damage is done. The tone was set. I believe I have a very healthy amount of computer gaming time that allows me to amuse my wife and play with my toddler and be fully successful at my job; yet, this Monday morning I felt like MMOs were the worst and most unhealthy thing in my life after reading that list. I refuse to complete the survey because it is clearly apparent what result Dr. Savvas Papagiannidis from Newcastle University (U.K.) and Dr. Despoina Xanthopoulou from Erasmus University Rotterdam (Netherlands) wish to have. Look for them later this year on a depressing report coinciding with a gamer suicide or divorce.
it’s all about the small stuff