1. They’re not gamers themselves. Highly unlikely. If you ever played Candy Crush Saga, Pokemon Go, or Tetris; if you ever tried Poker, Blackjack, or Solitaire; if you ever raged at family and friends in Monopoly or Scrabble; you’re a gamer. Casual games are a thing, card games and board games are some of the oldest games in the world, and even playing pretend counts as gaming. In fact, there’s a whole hobby dedicated to it.
2. Gamers are male. Nope. It’s about an even split.
3. Gamers are children. Not even close. We may be child-like, but that doesn’t mean all of us are childish.
4. Gamers are unhygenic. Speak for yourself, maybe. Tons of gamers come from Asian countries where it’s the norm to shower multiple times per day.
5. Gamers are unhealthy. Many professional esports teams actually hit the gym every day to stay fit. Do you?
6. Gamers are lazy. If anyone had the patience and perseverance to complete multiple 20+ hour-long games, I’d call them anything but lazy.
7. Gamers are rich. You can literally play games with nothing but a pen and paper.
8. Gamers are poor. You can literally spend thousands of dollars on a computer to play Fortnite.
9. Gamers can’t socialize. Some of the most open, friendly, and sociable communities on the Internet are gamer-centric. People have even met the partners they eventually come to marry by playing the same game.
10. Gamers self-identify as “gamers.” Ugh, please. People who self-identify as just their hobby (or worse, their gender) need to literally go out and get a life, whether you’re a self-proclaimed gamer, book-reader, film buff, audiophile, or whatever. Human beings are so much more than one thing. Can we all just do away with labels already?