I’ve also lately, noticed numerous times via Twitter that playing video games makes you less sexist. But I don’t think that finding either. This is not because either research is badly designed, or because the examples are biased, or that the research workers acquired ulterior motives even. I don’t believe either of the studies because no explanation in biology is that simple.

Especially, when it comes to humans. Our desire to have answers to fall under simplified categories is resulting in a far more fundamental problem: it’s fueling the segregation of ideas and mating public distrust in scientists. And this is bad for everyone. Using the internet at our fingertips, it isn’t hard to hunt down a piece of research that will support our worldview.

Arguing with someone about how video games make you sexist? Cite this paper, or that one or even talk about this paper. Seeking to convince someone that video games don’t make you sexist? Cite this new paper, because the most recent research must be most right surely. When the articles you cite fail to convince your opponent Then, you can get down to the nitty-gritty and argue about sample size and experimental design, citing superior understanding of statistics (this is an argument I commonly receive).

But neither improved figures nor a doubling of sample size will improve the quality of the questions asked. Let’s take a simple everyday example. If I leave milk on my front stoop right away in Sydney during the summer, it’ll ruin prior to the next morning. We might conclude that not refrigerating dairy leads to spoiling thus. But that isn’t completely accurate, because if I did the same in Toronto in the winter, the milk would be fine (and maybe even freeze).

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It’s not the lack of refrigeration that led to the dairy spoiling, but the known reality it was not kept at the correct temp. At a certain point, oversimplifying ideas result in the increased loss of the crux of the problem and a concentrate on the refrigerator as opposed to the temperature. Are gamers really more sexist?

Let’s jump back again to the gaming paper for a minute. The question the researchers asked is whether playing video gaming over the long term to make a difference sexist attitudes. The discussion is that because female people are underrepresented, and both sexes are sexualized in videogames overly, these factors can communicate to normalize sexist views.