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Valerie Hawkins (staff)'s picture

Healthy Video Game Playing

I just saw this news headline at WebProNews: Diablo III Marathon Kills Taiwanese Teenager

The article, by Todd Rigney, ends with the following paragraph --

Video game addiction is an increasingly serious problem, particularly with the younger generation. In fact, if you need some pointers on how to stay healthy while enjoying your hobby, check out the Healthy Living Guide provided by the folks at Xbox LIVE. It may sound silly to those who don’t play video games, but many people simply aren’t aware of the damage prolonged gaming can have on the human body.

It may be that such healthy play guidelines need to be given more attention; something that explicity states that video games themselves aren't a problem, but problems can develop when video games are played in an unhealthy way. 

Scott Nicholson's picture

Now just imagine the same article, talking about how many years people have lost by not getting a good night's sleep because they were reading...

 

"Reading addiction is an increasingly serious problem, particularly with the older generation. In fact, if you need some pointers on how to stay healthy while enjoying your hobby, check out the Healthy Living Guide provided by the folks at ALA.  It may sound silly to those who don’t read, but many people simply aren’t aware of the damage prolonged reading can have on the human body."

Associate Professor, Syracuse University School of Information Studies 

Director, Because Play Matters game lab - http://becauseplaymatters.com

Valerie Hawkins (staff)'s picture

The truth is that you can make a possibly fatal problem out of any activity that you're doing where you make the choice to intentionally ignore basic body functions like sleeping and eating.

Another reason to get in front of the "Videogames are evil" crowd --

CNN Guest Rushes To Blame Video Games For CO Shooting: ‘Teenaged Psychopaths Get Inspired’

 

Valerie Hawkins
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