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Some research has been done on factors influencing a persons likelihood to play online games. All these motivations found in research doesn’t say much about the sources of these motivations. This study looks at how personality traits motivate online game play. This study was done in Korea. In Korea, watching television, going to the cinema, and online gaming are the three major leisure activities.

An important finding was that personality traits do not seem to predict online gaming behavior in terms of overall online playing time and years of online gaming. Personality traits are only relevant to the reason why people play online video games.

There was a gender difference since women exhibited a stronger motivation to build and maintain social relationships in games than male gamers. Older people compared to young ones play online games motivated by escapism, they like to escape and take a break from the real world. Extraversion and agreeableness were positively related to adventure, achievement and escapism motivation for online gaming.

Park, J., Song, Y., & Teng, C. (2011). Exploring the Links Between Personality Traits and Motivations to Play Online Games Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking DOI: 10.1089/cyber.2010.0502