This paper used in-depth interviews to examine the emotion regulation and uncertainty reduction strategies of online gamer's in middle school as they face miscommunication with family members, are forced to stop playing online games, and lose virtual treasures. As determined by in-depth interviews with 12 middle school teenagers, the degree of gamer's’ dependence on playing online games as well as gender differences may affect their interpersonal communication strategies and emotion regulation. Teenage gamer's may use passive strategies, such as being angry, in their own bedrooms. Male teenagers may interact with family members more often than female ones when facing miscommunication. Female gamer's use active strategies to strive to keep on playing online games, while male gamer's tend to use passive strategies. Facing a loss of virtual treasures, some male gamer's tend to use active strategies to regulate their emotions, while most gamer's use passive strategies. Finally, teenagers tend to have weak emotion regulation overall.
Journal of Youth Studies (10297847), 14(2), 154-167