Online games are multiplayer video games played over the Internet. They can be action, adventure, racing, or strategy games. Players can be friends, family, or users from around the world.
Online gaming spaces can provide socially accommodating environments for shy individuals. The current study evaluates the link between gaming-related friendships and shyness. Using a representative sample of game players from Germany, participants answered questions about their offline and online social relationships.
One type of shyness is emotional sensitivity. This type of shyness may have a negative impact on online and offline social relationships. Several studies have found that a lack of a supportive network in the real world can increase shyness. Several online video games offer a socially accepting environment for shy individuals to strengthen and generate new relationships.
Shyness is a common problem in many communities. For example, in a 2006 study, one-third of female players reported dating someone they met in an online game.
Many mental health professionals emphasize the importance of connections and relationships. It is important for parents to be aware of the risks involved in contact and conduct.
While the idea of playing in a game with others has been around for a while, the emergence of virtual game worlds and the expansion of Internet connectivity has enabled many gamers to connect with hundreds of people at once. Those connected through the game’s chat feature are also at risk of experiencing cyberbullying, hate speech, and sexual harassment.