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Differences between female and male gamers and gender-specific risk-factors for internet gaming disorder (IGD)

  • Autori: Ferraro, L; Avanzato, C; Maniaci, G; Sartorio, C; Seminerio, F; Tripoli, G; Quattrone, D; Daino, M; La Barbera, D; La Cascia, C
  • Anno di pubblicazione: 2020
  • Tipologia: Abstract in atti di convegno pubblicato in rivista
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Introduction: Videogames have become more popular across females, although their widespread diffusion among males. How- ever, few studies have examined differences between female and male gamers and gender-specific risk factors for Internet Gaming Disorder (IGD). Objectives: The study aimed to describe males and females’ differ- ences in a sample of gamers, and to identify gender-specific risk- factors for IGD, accounting for alexithymia, playing habits, and other perceived stressors. Methods: Participants were gamers joining online communities, tested by IGDS-SF9 and TAS-20 for alexithymia. To explore isk-factors for IGD (outcome: IGD>=21), we set a binary logistic regression stratified by gender. Results: 5,305 males and 674 females differed in most of the descrip- tive characteristics (Figure-1) and game-genres preferences (Figure- 2). Higher DIF scores increased the risk of IGD in both males (OR=1.8 95% C.I. 1.6, 2) and females (OR=1.3 95% C.I. 1.1, 1.7) while higher EOT in males only (OR=1.2 95% C.I. 1.1, 1.3). Having another hobby apart from gaming was protective for males (OR=0.5, 95% C.I. 0.4, 0.6). Having started playing before their ten-years was a risk factor for females (OR=2.3 95% C.I. 1.2, 4.6). Loneliness and boredom feelings predicted IGD in males (OR=1.7 95% C.I. 1.5, 2) and, even more, in females (OR=2.7 95% C.I. 1.8, 4.2). Playing more than six hours/per day increased IGD-risk up to seven times in males (OR=7.3 95% C.I. 5.1, 10.3) and of almost sixteen times in females (OR=15.9 95% C.I. 5.4, 46.7) (Figure-3). Conclusions: Female gamers presented specific characteristics and a greater vulnerability to the increased time spent playing as a risk- factor for IGD