Rock Paper Scissors, also known as RPS, is a simple game that is played all around the world. It is a game that you learn as a child and can play almost anywhere. However, the game has been used in various studies to explore the role of gender and stereotypes.
For starters, the game itself is gender-neutral. Rock beats scissors, scissors beats paper, and paper beats rock. It doesn’t matter if you are male, female, or non-binary, as the rules stay the same. However, the way people perceive the game and the moves they choose to play can be influenced by gender stereotypes.
One study, published in the Journal of Social Psychology, found that men were more likely to choose rock as their first move, while women were more likely to choose scissors. This suggests that men see rock as a dominant move, and women see scissors as a more subtle or defensive move.
Another study, published in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior, found that men were more likely to use aggressive moves like rock, while women were more likely to use passive moves like paper. The researchers suggested that this might be because men are socialized to be more aggressive, while women are socialized to be more passive.
Stereotypes can also impact the way people read their opponent’s moves. For example, if a man plays rock, his opponent might assume that he is playing aggressively and choose to counter with paper. This assumption might not be as likely if a woman played the same move. Similarly, if a woman plays scissors, her opponent might assume that she is playing defensively and choose to counter with rock.
However, it is important to note that not all studies find these gender differences in RPS play. A study published in the Journal of Gaming and Virtual Worlds found that there were no significant gender differences in RPS strategy. Instead, the researchers found that players tended to repeat their previous move more often than chance would predict.
In conclusion, while Rock Paper Scissors may seem like a simple game, it can be used to explore the role of gender and stereotypes in our society. While some studies find gender differences in RPS strategy, others do not. Regardless, playing the game with a more critical eye can help us better understand the impact of stereotypes on our behavior.