More than one million blokes have been dumped by their girlfriends – because of their obsession with computer games, it emerged today.
Researchers found a willingness to spend hours playing games, such as newly released Call of Duty – Black Ops, regularly sounds the death knell for relationships.
The study also found one in two women whose partners own consoles feel ‘jealous’ of the amount of time their other half devotes to games.
And it also emerged four out of ten gamers play computer games every night of the week.
The stats were revealed in a survey carried out among 1,500 gamers and their partners by market research company OnePoll.com.
A spokeswoman said: ”It seems like a games console often means there are three people in a relationship.
”It’s a bit sad if the virtual world is taking precedence over the real world.
”These games are brilliant but if they really are becoming an obsession then that’s a bit worrying.”
The study also found the Call of Duty series are the games most likely to cause problems in a relationship along with Football Manager and Grand Theft Auto.
One fifth of men spend ten or more hours-a-week playing games, it emerged.
Eight per cent of men even admitted they had turned down sex to keep playing on their games console.
Seven out of ten blokes admitted their partner regularly became annoyed about the amount of time they spent playing games.
One in ten men admitted they had ditched a date to keep on playing a game with two in ten under 25s saying they have done this.
Other games that caused problems in relationships were Fifa which was ranked fourth and Medal of Honour, which was ranked fifth.
Completing the top ten were Halo, Super Mario Brothers, Gran Turismo, Mario Kart and Guitar Hero.
TOP TWENTY GAMES THAT ANNOY WOMEN
1. Call of Duty
2. Football Manager
3. Grand Theft Auto
5. Medal of Honour
7. Super Mario Brothers
8. Gran Turismo
9. Mario Kart
10. Guitar Hero
11. Assassins Creed
12. Pro Evo Soccer
13. Resident Evil
14. World of Warcraft
16. Red Dead Redemption
17. Need for Speed
19. Gears of War
20. Angry Birds