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For their latest study, published in the journal PLOS One last week, the duo watched how men treated women during 163 plays of the video game Halo 3.

As they watched the games play out and tracked the comments that players made to each other, the researchers observed that — no matter their skill level, or how the game went — men tended to be pretty cordial to each other.

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"I was surprised we didn't think of it here in America," says Kimberly Young, Psy D, clinical director of the Center for On-Line Addiction and author of ."I've had so many parents call me over the last year or two, particularly about the role-playing games online.In other words, sexist dudes are A chart from the Halo study that shows how nice male gamers were to other males (dotted line) and females (solid line) during gameplay. But the better a player gets, the more likely he is to be nice to ladies.(Kasumovic et al) In today’s online environment, alas, this is not an idle observation.But these addicts aren't hooked on drugs or alcohol.

They are going cold turkey to break their dependence on video games.(A 2014 survey of gender ratios on Reddit found that r/halo was over 95 percent male.) That should sound a whole lot like a lot of other, frequently sexist online spaces: Think Twitter. That’s okay for the guys at the top — but for the guys at the bottom, who stand to lose more status, that’s very threatening.(It’s also in keeping with the evolutionary framework on anti-lady hostility, which suggests sexism is a kind of Neanderthal defense mechanism for low-status, non-dominant men trying to maintain a shaky grip on their particular cave’s supply of women.) “As men often rely on aggression to maintain their dominant social status,” Kasumovic writes, “the increase in hostility towards a woman 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.” In other words, like your mother always said, bullies just feel bad about themselves.According to a recent Pew report, 40 percent of Internet users have personally experienced harassment.While both genders are frequent victims of this abuse, women tend to get the worst of it: They are “particularly vulnerable to sexual harassment and stalking,” Pew said.This does not, alas, suggest any solutions for on- or offline sexism, or any hope that it will ever really end.