If any of the above sparks a slight degree of recognition the odds are that you are male and whilst there is no help available there are the glimmerings of a scientific explanation.
At team at Stanford University School of Medicine led by Allan Reiss have shown that the part of the brain that generates rewarding feelings is more activated in men than women during video-game play.
The researchers designed a game which involved the acquisition of territory on a screen by clicking on dots. Whilst playing the game the participants (11 men and 11 women) were scanned by a functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI, machine . fMRI produces a dynamic image showing which parts of the brain are working during a given activity.
The researchers found that whilst both genders tried to succeed at the game the males seemed to have a much greater motivation to succeed.
After analysing the fMRI data for the group, the researchers found that the participants showed activity in the brain's mesocorticolimbic centre, the region typically associated with reward and addiction. Male brains, however, showed significantly greater activity and this correlated directly with how much territory they gained. A finding that wasn’t replicated for the female participants. The research also suggested that male neural circuitry made it more likely that men would feel rewarded by a computer gaming (especially with a territorial component) and that this explained why males are more prone to getting hooked on video games.
Of course it does make you wonder how this particular piece of male brain function has influenced the course of general human history.
But at least I have an excuse for, on occasion, crawling into bed a little later that is probably reasonable.
Not sure that the boss will give any credence to me attempting to use the explanation but I’m not irresponsible it’s just that I’m made that way.
Oh and which way is