Playing The Dating Game

Playing The Dating Game

Playing The Dating Game – Ladbrokes Games commissioned a survey to find out some details around the UK’s gaming habits and discovered some interesting results.

Playing the Dating Game

You might be forgiven for thinking that going on a date is fun and easy, and your only worry was whether the girl liked you or not. Little did we know that, according to our recent research, there’s a third player that you should be more concerned about – the mobile phone.

We were surprised with some of the results that came to light about the nation’s gaming habits, and how some women are tuning out of real life (even whilst on a date!):

Women are tuning out and logging in

It appears in 2015 that we now have even less time to make an impact on a potential love interest than we thought, with 13% of gamers admitting to playing online whilst on a date.

Our survey also suggests that women rule when it comes to multi-tasking. When asked, 16% of females admitted to gaming during a date - in comparison to only 7% of men – proving that it’s even more important for guys to make a good first impression, otherwise their date might to pull out their phone and start gaming quicker than they might expect!

Social situations - to play or not to play?

Have you ever been to a wedding and spotted a guest sat to one side, looking distracted, but with a smile on their face? We may have finally discovered what they were doing, as it turn out 11% of Brits have logged on at a wedding. Women are more likely to be found playing mobile games during a wedding than men, but the real disparity comes at christenings, when almost twice as many women than men admit to testing their skills in the gaming world, even during the main event itself.


Here's the data showing where people have played online games, and just how much of a gender divide we have in these places:

1. At work (35%)
2. On a date (13%)
3. At a christening (13%)
4. At a wedding (11%)

Couples who game together…

Heart-warmingly, we found that 39% of couples like to game when they’re sat together, so it seems that one of the nation’s favourite pastimes is a great way to bond. Looking around the country, we discovered that people in Birmingham and Edinburgh are most likely to team up with their other half to play online games – we have put together a list of the top 5 cities that like to game as couples below:


1. Birmingham (35%)
2. Edinburgh (35%)
3. Bristol (32%)
4. Glasgow (31%)
5. London (27%)

Of course, not everyone wants the distraction of their better half while they flex their gaming muscles, nearly a quarter (24%) of those in Edinburgh actually prefer to get their work colleagues in on the action and share the excitement.

Lone Gamers

Alongside the couples, we can see Southampton is a city of solo gamers, with 50% of people saying they prefer to enjoy it on their own. Which leads us to ask the question, is your city the sociable or solo-gaming type?

Cities with gamers most likely to play solo:

1. Southampton (50%)
2. Sheffield (46%)
3. Dublin (43%)
4. Manchester (42%)
5. Bristol (40%)

Games in the bedroom


Now, we didn't actually peer into people's bedrooms, but we can't help the fact that it turns out to be one of the most popular home-gaming spots! The living room reigns supreme of course, with half (50%) of the nation rating it their first choice, but a significant 18% told us they'd choose the bedroom for a spot of online game play. The 3rd highest result was a bit of a surprise, with 12% of people say they like to game whilst in the dining room – which begs the question, what are these people having for their dinner!

I’m sure you’ll agree there’s some interesting results around where the nation likes to play online games – so wherever you are and however you choose to play, make sure you do it at Ladbrokes Games.