“Present yet absent” : Negotiating commitment and intimacy in life with an excessive online role gamer

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Hellman , M , Karjalainen , S-M & Majamäki , M 2017 , ' “Present yet absent” : Negotiating commitment and intimacy in life with an excessive online role gamer ' , New Media & Society , vol. 19 , no. 11 , pp. 1710-1726 . https://doi.org/10.1177/1461444816636091 , https://doi.org/10.1177/1461444816636091

Title: “Present yet absent” : Negotiating commitment and intimacy in life with an excessive online role gamer
Author: Hellman, Matilda; Karjalainen, Salla-Maria; Majamäki, Maija
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Social Research (2010-2017)
University of Helsinki, Department of Social Research (2010-2017)
Date: 2017-11
Language: eng
Number of pages: 17
Belongs to series: New Media & Society
ISSN: 1461-4448
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/228234
Abstract: The study examines how persons in a close relationship with a gamer of massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPG) perceive relationship problems caused by the gaming hobby. Revisiting the concept of pure relationships by Anthony Giddens, we analysed eight deep interviews with persons who claim their relationship with the gamer had ended or turned downhill due to the volume of the gaming. The study formulates a conception of the clashes of interest in areas of (1) situational clashes in everyday choreography, (2) shifts in long view prioritizing, (3) deficient communication and (4) understandings of self and autonomy in relation to gaming and relationship. These conceptual paths serve to understand the problems from a sociological perspective. On a more general level, the study demonstrates the timeliness in devoting attention to the premises under which intimacy and commitment are negotiated in offline and online relationship constellations.
Subject: 5141 Sociology
everyday life (EDL)
FAMILY
MMORPGs
pure relationships
OFFLINE
ONLINE
online video gaming
ADDICTION
COMMUNICATION
BEHAVIOUR
INTERNET
PLAYERS
EMOTION
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