Most gamers fat and miserable, finds study
Overweight? Depressed? Aged 35? Answer 'yes' to all three and you are almost certainly a gamer.
So suggests a joint study conducted by scientists from the US Centres for Disease Control (CDC), Emory University in Atlanta and Andrews University in Michigan. Researchers concluded that frequent gamers tend to be fatter and of less sunny disposition than non-gamers. Their average age is 35.
The study quizzed 500 adults aged between 19 and 90 from Washington state. Around 45 per cent said they played games often.
Female gamers reported greater levels of depression and a lower quality of health than non-gaming girls. Male gamers generally had a higher Body Mass Index (BMI) values than non-gaming boys.
Both male and female gamers were found to have a higher reliance on the web for social support than non-gamers, the study said.
Dr James B Weaver of the CDC said: “Internet community support and time spent online distinguished adult videogame players from non-players, a finding consistent with prior research pointing to the willingness of adult video-game enthusiasts to sacrifice real-world social activities to play video games." ®
cause & effect
By Hermes (nine inch) Conran
"Which is cause and which effect?"
That's definitely the question
The eyes are open, the mouth moves, but Mr Brain has long since departed
Fed up with life? Check. Enjoy the odd computer game? Check. A bit of a tubster? Yup.
And they even guessed my age right.
People who are not physically active are inactive. That's why chairs were invented.
If you can do something fun, communicate or get a job done without getting up off your butt and expending effort then why not?
It would be silly not to. Wouldn't it?
Most *people* hyper-sensitive about accusations of being fat and miserable, finds comments section survey.
Fixed that for you.
Im only depressed when my server goes down goddamit!!! Guns dont kill people, magic missiles do!!!
BMI is meaningless
Funny, I work in IT and have a REALLY REALLY high BMI. Then they will tell me that the BMI doesn't apply to me because I can bench press 175 kg or squat 200 kg. Why mention it or even consider it at all?
Paris coz I have special BMI for her