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Attachment, attraction and communication in real and virtual worlds: A study of massively multiplayer online gamers

Coulson, M; Oskis, A; Meredith, J; Gould, RL; (2018) Attachment, attraction and communication in real and virtual worlds: A study of massively multiplayer online gamers. Computers in Human Behavior , 87 pp. 49-57. 10.1016/j.chb.2018.05.017. Green open access

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Abstract

Potential differences between relationships formed in online versus offline venues were explored using an online survey of massively multiplayer online gamers. Participants (N = 1654) provided information about two or more relationships (kin, friends, and romantic relationships), indicating whether these had originated in online or offline venues. Attachment, attraction and communication were assessed for each relationship. Relationship security was predicted by attraction, but the effects of venue were limited to avoidance towards online romantic relationships. Personality, gaming motivation, age and sex all made negligible contributions to relationship security. Limitations, including the correlational nature of the data and the high proportion of male participants, as well as suggestions for how relationship research might proceed in an increasingly online world, are discussed.

Type: Article
Title: Attachment, attraction and communication in real and virtual worlds: A study of massively multiplayer online gamers
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2018.05.017
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2018.05.017
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Online and offline, Attachment, Attraction, Communication, Relationship
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Division of Psychiatry
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10048915
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