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Study Confirms This to Be True About Men Who Attack Women Online

Study Confirms This to Be True About Men Who Attack Women Online

It's official: Men who attack women on the Internet are, in fact, losers, according to a recent survey aimed to deconstruct the inner-workings of sexism in the gamers sphere.

Published by PLOS One, the study titled "Male Status and Performance Moderates Female-Directed Hostile and Amicable Behaviour" was conducted by a pair of researchers who sifted through interactions between players during 163 games of Halo 3. The researchers investigated when men were most likely to showcase anti-social but sexist attitudes and behavior toward women. 

The study noted the telling observation that men who were deemed bad players in comparison to their peers tended to be maliciousness toward female gamers. On the other hand, men who succeeded at the game were nicer to both men and women.

The majority of the findings support the "evolutionary argument" that men of low-status and low dominance have the odds stacked against them, and thus revert to hostility when it comes to women who threaten their standing in the social hierarchy.

"As men often rely on aggression to maintain their dominant social status, the increase in hostility toward women by lower-status males may be an attempt to disregard a female's performance and suppress her disturbance on the hierarchy to retain their social rank,” researchers write.

This study also backs up the developing research on the backlash women receive when they enter what tend to be male-dominated spaces on the Internet. Though the study provides explanation on these habits, there are no concrete solutions given to resolve the issues. 

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