Playing Fortnite for a Fortnight? Partner Perceptions of Video Game Use and Its Association with Relationship Satisfaction and Attachment

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M.A. in Clinical Psychology


Department of Psychology


Advisor: Lee Dixon


Previous research suggests video game use may be detrimental to individuals in many facets of their lives (American Psychiatric Association, 2013; Starcevic, 2013; Kim, Namkoong, Ku, & Kim, 2008; Young, 1999). One such facet is an individual's romantic relationship. However, most research conducted on video game use has compared its effects to gambling addiction or alcohol addiction. This study investigates the partner of those who engage in video game use, specifically how their attachment and sensitivity to rejection may influence how they perceive their partner's engagement in video games, as well as their satisfaction in the relationship. Moderation analyses suggested that attachment and rejection sensitivity do not influence the relationship between an individual's perception of their partner's video game use and their relationship satisfaction.


Psychology, video game use, relationship satisfaction, partner perception, rejection sensitivity, attachment

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