Turns Out the Men Who Harass Women Online Are Actual Losers (Like, Who Lose at Things)

Is anyone surprised?

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Those sexist men who harass women online? A new study (opens in new tab) proves they're not only losers to most, but they're also *actual* losers—in that they're terrible gamers and poor sports.

Researchers Michael Kasumovic and Jeffry Kuznekoff at the University of New South Wales and Miami University studied how men interacted—and treated women—while playing Halo 3. They observed that the better a male player was, the more likely he was to pay compliments to others—including women. The players who sucked? They're the ones who made frequent, nasty comments to female gamers. 

"As men often rely on aggression to maintain their dominant social status, 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," Kasumovic told The Washington Post (opens in new tab)

In other words: Bullies are just sucky humans who are insecure. And women, unfortunately, still bear the brunt of it.

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