FSD3678 Health and Digital Gaming: Gamer Interviews 2021

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  • Siutila, Miia (University of Turku)
  • Karhulahti, Veli-Matti (University of Jyväskylä)
  • Korhonen, Venla (University of Jyväskylä)
  • Laitinen, Tanja (University of Jyväskylä)


addiction, compulsive gaming, digital games, electronic sports, internet addiction, interpersonal relationships, leisure time activities, social skills


The dataset consists of interview transcripts with people who spend a lot of time playing video games. The interviewees are selected from two different target groups. The first group consists of people who have sought help for compulsive gaming, and the second groups consists of people who play video games competitively for at least 30 hours a week. The dataset is part of a follow-up study.

First, the interviewees were asked to describe how they started digital gaming. The interviewees were also asked about their career, family, and friends. Next, they were asked to describe what a normal day or week of digital gaming was like for them and to describe in as much detail as possible one digital gaming experience from the previous month. Additionally, the interviews included questions about the interviewees' other hobbies and their satisfaction with their current job. In relation to gaming, the interviewees were asked whether they felt that they spent too much time playing digital games.

Background information included, among others, the interviewee's gender, information on which interviewee group the interviewee was part of, and the date of the interview. The data were organised into an easy to use HTML version at FSD.

The dataset is available only in Finnish.

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