Friday, August 21, 2009

Video Games Linked to Depression

I love playing video games, even though I no longer have the time.  I still enjoy from time to time picking up the controller and killing a few zombies.  But take warning, killing too many Zombies might just be unhealthy.
From the Article:
The average gamer is 35, overweight, and more likely to be depressed, says a new study conducted by researchers at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

The study, which was carried out in the Seattle-Tacoma area, found that gamers reported "lower extraversion, consistent with research on adolescents that linked video-game playing to a sedentary lifestyle and overweight status, and to mental-health concerns."


Foxfier said...

/snark on
They're depressed because they live in SEATTLE.... I'd be depressed if I had to deal with those roads all the time, too.

/snark off

More realistically, video games are a very inexpensive way to pass the time-- which selects for folks who don't have much disposable income for entertainment.
Folks who aren't healthy enough to go outside are more likely to entertain themselves are good for that.
Depressed folks don't want to go out, or often even move-- video games are good for that.

Same way geekish kids who read a lot of books are traditionally over weight and often depressed; the activity is selected by the tendencies....

(From a member of a sub-30 geek couple that isn't depressed, and while I'm overweight, I'm also healthy.)

Kiara said...

Excessive time of playing Download Games/Video games isn't healthy for me. Its not that you don't have exercise, because Wii Sports are good in motion plays. Depression linked to Video games? I don't think so. With so much to explore on games, I don't think you'll get depressedl

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