Survey Paid £250 for Gaming Divorce Stories

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Survey Paid 250 for Gaming Divorce Stories

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The numbers cited in this morning's Daily Mail report may have been doctored by Divorce Online, the conductors of the survey.

The British tabloid Daily Mail said today that 15 percent of divorces filed in the U.K. for "unreasonable behavior" now cite videogame addiction as a cause. What the report fails to mention is that courts often won't pass a petition for divorce unless three or four reasons for the split are provided. After the heavy hitters like "lack of love and affection" and "an inability to deal with debts" are put down, it's not that big of a stretch to complain about your husband's videogaming habits.

More damningly, EuroGamer noted that an advertisement for videogaming stories related to divorce appeared on Divorce Online's Facebook page, offering 250 for people to tell their stories and appear a national newspaper. "[The newspapers] also tend to pay too!" the ad said.

Jessica Ellis, the woman quoted in the Daily Mail story and a recent client of Divorce Online, rose to the challenge and promise of pay. "He was addicted to World of Warcraft but played other games now and then. The amount he was playing gradually increased until I could not take it any more," she said.

But the picture Ellis painted for the press release is much different than what she told Eurogamer when they asked her the details of her and ex-husband's story. "My husband and I recently moved over from South Africa, so for him [playing WoW] was a connection to his friends back home," Ellis said. "I think it was particularly bad during winter, so the staying home part might be relevant. But the main reason was to stay connected to his friends."

Hmm, that sounds very different than simply splitting up because he played games too much. I'm not saying that Ellis and her husband should have stayed together, but I don't think that there is suddenly a huge rise in divorce in the U.K. because of videogame addicition. The whole story seems to be fabricated by Divorce Online, and the Daily Mail.

I'm not sure why I'm surprised.

Source: Eurogamer

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Well, it's certainly nice to see somebody accurately call the Daily Mail a tabloid for once...

Would there be any way for them to confirm whether or not people are actually divorced. I can see this being abused.

And I thought the 'gold mining' IN WoW was bad

Oh, wait, I have the perfect song for this precise kind of circumstance.

Never put it past a knee-jerk conservative tabloid to misconstrue reality.

Can we say that Daily Mail is...

*puts on sunglasses*

... divorced from reality?

I saw someone on another thread refer to the daily mail as "The Daily Fail", which seems a more and more appropriate quip...

Daily Mail is a bag of shite anyway, we need to stop giving it the coverage it craves on this site. Unless it has a reasoned argument to make about games and gaming worth reporting about here on the site, leave it. Don't report it.

Truth in the Daily Fail is one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

I am shocked, SHOCKED, to discover that bias was put into an article by the Daily Mail!

Raiyan 1.0:
Can we say that Daily Mail is...

*puts on sunglasses*

... divorced from reality?

YEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Being in the US I do not have enough direct experience with "The Daily Mail" to give a deep analysis, but overall it seems like the same basic song and dance as we get with Fox News over here. Basically left wing media dominance being threatened by a large scale source taking the other side. The source is labeled a tabloid, and the mistakes made are yelled from the rooftops, with errors in other news sources not being given the same treatment, and of course a lot of the arguements coming down to "bad information" simply because a politically opposed recipient doesn't want to accept it and feels that it was "debunked" simply by someone with an opposing position being covered in a source matching their own political views. I only point this out because while not popular, there have been a few bits showing what it would be like if someone started saying doing the same thing done to Fox to sources like CNN or MSNBC (paticularly the former) here in the US. CNN has come up with as much, if not more garbage, it's just not called to task for it as often.

That said, on the issue itself, it doesn't surprise me. The bottom line is "spousal neglect", the husband or wife being involved in something to the point where the other end of the relationship is unhappy due to not enough time being spent with them, or feeling like they are being avoided so as not to have an opinion on things. Whether it's the husband "living at the local bar" or the wife doing the same thing at a local beauty salon or jetting around with her girl friends, it's the same basic story. As technology has advanced, there are more things for people to get invested in, and it's not surprising that video games are a factor in a lot of divorces from both ends. Escapism is escapism, and you might as well say "News Flash: People use video games to escape from reality" that's sort of like "News Flash: People get drunk in bars to escape from reality". Any way it goes, if a spouse thinks your escaping from them, it's going to be stresss on a relationship.

ok for the last time escapist, stop using the daily mail as your source of news from over here, use a paper like the independent or even the guardian (say what you want about it, but i like my wall-charts). also as prof here is every thing the daily mail says causes and prevnts cancer in alphabetical order http://kill-or-cure.heroku.com/a-z/a

People actually take The Daily Mail seriously?

It kills me when the American media sites it as a legitimate news source.

To the US:-

Imagine the Daily Mail as the British newspaper equivalent to Fox News

There we go

LiquidGrape:
Oh, wait, I have the perfect song for this precise kind of circumstance.

[-snip-]

Never put it past a knee-jerk conservative tabloid to misconstrue reality.

I am SO glad someone posted that song. The Mail is a disgrace.

The media? Manipulative? Hating on video games?

I'M IN SHOCK

Therumancer:
Being in the US I do not have enough direct experience with "The Daily Mail" to give a deep analysis, but overall it seems like the same basic song and dance as we get with Fox News over here. Basically left wing media dominance being threatened by a large scale source taking the other side. The source is labeled a tabloid, and the mistakes made are yelled from the rooftops, with errors in other news sources not being given the same treatment, and of course a lot of the arguements coming down to "bad information" simply because a politically opposed recipient doesn't want to accept it and feels that it was "debunked" simply by someone with an opposing position being covered in a source matching their own political views. I only point this out because while not popular, there have been a few bits showing what it would be like if someone started saying doing the same thing done to Fox to sources like CNN or MSNBC (paticularly the former) here in the US. CNN has come up with as much, if not more garbage, it's just not called to task for it as often.

I fully agree with you about how most news sources here in the US have turned to complete garbage. Corrections in newspapers are buried where people can't find them, networks deliberately spread false or misleading information, many sources try to advance narratives, and others include meaningless things like CNN's "(youtube) video of the day," which take away time that should be devoted to real news. What's worse, in my opinion, is that people care more about preserving the 1st amendment freedoms involved in this situation than the people being directly affected as they become more and more misinformed.

My ex-wife commonly says WoW is what broke us up. Nevermind the fact she never wanted to be a wife, just have the title. Nor the fact I almost never played WoW while she was home. I did play a lot, but that was because she was always out with her friends. But when she came home, the first thing I would do was log off so I could finally get to spend some time with her.

I was asked during marriage counceling how much time I spent gaming. But I was never asked how much time I spent gaming instead of with my wife. There's a HUGE difference there.

Megacherv:
To the US:-

Imagine the Daily Mail as the British newspaper equivalent to Fox News

There we go

That...actually makes far more sense than I care to admit because it scares me to do so.

I recently had to do a bit on the daily mail for college..

they supported the Nazis

enough said

Cousin_IT:
I am shocked, SHOCKED, to discover that bias was put into an article by the Daily Mail!

Raiyan 1.0:
Can we say that Daily Mail is...

*puts on sunglasses*

... divorced from reality?

YEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://mirrors.rit.edu/instantCSI/

But yeah. "Tabloids are manipulative and publish untrue stories" isn't exactly mindblowing, heh, though I am impressed by the amount of effort they went to in order to get their fake statistics.

Somehow I thought this was going to be another Catherine ad.

Gaming is a double-edged sword. My exhusband and I used WoW to keep in contact when the Army had us stationed on opposite sides of the world. It was a great way for us to still be able to spend time together.

On the other hand...He met 3 of the women he cheated on me with on WoW, including the one he eventually knocked up and left me for.

In short, it's kinda a neutral thing. What makes it good/bad is how you use it.

I think there's nothing really to say about anything the Daily Mail publishes besides "LOL DAILY MAIL"

Called it. As did we all. Maybe we should stop reporting on Daily Mail articles, boosting their site views? It's really not worth the attention they get given

Megacherv:
To the US:-

Imagine the Daily Mail as the British newspaper equivalent to Fox News

There we go

Except fewer people read it. I'm pretty sure not even it's readers take it seriously any more.

Think about how stupid it would be for someone to file for divorce because of a reading addiction. Just because someone loves something doesn't make it an addiction.

If it's not commit-suicide-because-your-mom-cancels-your-account addiction, and more keep-in-touch-with-your-friends, addiction, then it's not as bad.

Fullmetalfox:
Think about how stupid it would be for someone to file for divorce because of a reading addiction. Just because someone loves something doesn't make it an addiction.

Apparently you're not allowed to realize that unless you live on the internet.

How unlike the Daily Mail to fabricate and misconstrue in order to find a story that fits their agenda... in reality the Daily Mail is about as good a source of news as any tabloid (i.e. not at all) and is nothing more than an over-hyped, un-glossed "women's" (should be gossip/BS) magazine, and should be viewed appropriately.

I am grateful that stories like this are highlighted though, lest they be mistaken for the truth...

BabyRaptor:
On the other hand...He met 3 of the women he cheated on me with on WoW, including the one he eventually knocked up and left me for.

On the upside, that woman was probably a man. This is WoW we're talking about.

Little Duck:

Megacherv:
To the US:-

Imagine the Daily Mail as the British newspaper equivalent to Fox News

There we go

Except fewer people read it. I'm pretty sure not even it's readers take it seriously any more.

The Daily Mail, monstrous as it is, has a circulation of 2.1m. Its only real competitor is The Sun - which has a UK circulation of around 3m (and a truly horrifying worldwide circulation of 7.7m).

The Sun is owned by News International aka Rupert 'Fox News' Murdoch. So is The Times (500,000 readers), which is our most successful broadsheet (although it's tabloid-size nowadays, isn't it? Never mind).

There's no getting away from the fact that the most successful 'newspapers' in the UK are all heavily Conservative (they're selling to 'middle England', remember) - so it's not necessarily bad reporting to pick one of those when you want a UK perspective.

Even if picking the Mail is rather a lot like picking Fox News (which is part of the point, really; their insane, over-the-top right-wing nonsense makes for a more entertaining article)

hudsonzero:
ok for the last time escapist, stop using the daily mail as your source of news from over here, use a paper like the independent or even the guardian (say what you want about it, but i like my wall-charts)

That would just be shifting from a right-wing tabloid to a left-wing tabloid.

While I quite often enjoy pieces from The Independent (especially Johann Hari) and The Guardian (I've even written for them), they are just the left-wing equivalents of the Daily Mail - there's still considerable bias present in the reporting, it's just more palatable to those of us who aren't Tories.

(although the Grauniad and the Independent do tend to make up stories a bit less than the Mail, I hope)

ForsakenUK:
I recently had to do a bit on the daily mail for college..

they supported the Nazis

enough said

I demand a link for this kind of lolz

OT: the daily mail, thinking something new and popular is bad. NO WAI

My post in the previous news story basically was just entirely justified by this.

People divorce because their relationships suck and probably shouldn't have gotten married.

And in this case, again from the other story, I said that she left him high and dry because of gaming? Bollocks. This story proves it. No person that loves someone else will penalize them for keeping in contact with long distance friends. Sure they guy isnt blameless in this, but hey.

The Daily Mail isnt good enough to wrap my fish and chips. I feel sorry for all those that feel informed from it.

wait, so she divorced him for staying in contact with his friends?

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Citing video gaming is just a bad excuse for not citing "Cannot Communicate Properly." I'm sure most of the people knew they were getting into a marriage with someone who liked video games and may excessively play them. There was a failure of communication then if they are having problems now.

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