Fighting the Boss Battle: How Does Gaming Affect Relationships?



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Video gaming (also called, gaming) is a contemporary topic that affects individuals, as well as romantic partnerships. Many studies have found that gaming has a detrimental effect on romantic partnerships. With a small body of literature and most of the research focused on the depreciative side, it seems that the current literature does not tell the whole story about the impact of game play on partnerships. I recruited partners in which all individuals in the committed relationship(s) identified as gamers. Semi-structured interview data was analyzed using transcendental phenomenology. There were two themes related to how gameplay interacts with the participants partnerships, with ten and three subthemes respectively. Clinical implications and future research will be discussed.



Couple relationships, video game, technology