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Has gaming ever affected your health?

Nova

Member
There are people who are into gaming too much. For example, some of the gamers have gained the weight. And some of the gamers have now got contact lenses. And some of them are into depression. Lot of gamers are too much deep into the gaming that it has managed to affect the health of many. So here's my question, has gaming affecting your health? How do you take care of your health?
 

jpk0007

Member
Well, I have always loved gaming right from my School days. Playing games is one of my most favorite hobbies. However, I have never stretched my love for gaming to a level where it becomes an addiction. If one gets addicted to playing games, then the person can face many such problems which can affect the health of the body as well as the mind. Its always better to keep everything in moderation and never overdo.
 

SteinerMath

Member
When I was younger I spent most of my free time playing games on a PC or a console. It affected my eyesight and now I need to wear eyeglasses. I don't know if that was the main reason or if it was genes but I am the only one who wears glasses on my family. Nowadays, I exercise regularly and have less time to game because of work. I think I have the right amount of work-life balance.
 

leadtech

Member
Back when i was a student i spend most of my time on the computer playing games lucky i don't have any health problems and my eyesight is still accurate.You just have to take a rest for an hour in order not to get sick.
 

wallet

Member
Gaming is not affecting my health at all, I have not gained or lost weight and I don't have any negative symptoms. I know a friend who lost in weight because he forgets to eat as often as it should, this is not good at all but some people forget to take care of their health.
 

Tehilah27

Member
It has certainly affected my eyes. The strain I have placed on it over the years while gaming is catching up to me and I'm currently battling the need for glasses. I know I should go see a doctor and have my eyes checked out but I'm really reluctant to do that. Soon, I'll have no choice but to see a doctor but for a little while longer, I can continue to deceive myself that all is well with my eyes.
 

Mora

Member
I have a long story with this one, at a certain point of my life I was in a very low position, I was depressed, I quite school I was over the place, and the worst mistake I made back then is instead of trying to face life and solve my problems I just desocialized and decided instead to fill up most of my time with video games and TV shows, but my wake up call was at a night while playing Euro Truck, it was after a week without sun light, no going out randomly sleeping, no exercising, I had a minor heart attack, it was late at night so I couldn't really do much, but thankfully it went alright without any calloteral damage.
 
Never. I never allowed that to happen. when I had my time of addiction and realized that I was beginning to lose control of the situation, I was trying to disconnect that world and enjoy the real world. So, this has never been a problem for me.
 

Jelineex

Member
Yes, too much exposure on radiation will affect our health. Sometimes, we don't care because we enjoy what we do especially on gaming. Others, may even forget to eat their meals, lack of sleep and can't even drink water because of the intimate love on computer activity. I also experience eyesight strain and blurred vision. I also have stiffness and back pain. It is a good thing I was able to control my addiction at an early stage. I am also save from being unproductive. Thank God.
 

bphlover

Member
Definitely! I do have poor vision. I think it has something to do with me always playing my gameboy back in the day. Then, I had a Virtual Boy. Not only it affected my vision but my posture too! Anyone familiar with Virtual Boy by Nintendo? I had to endure a lot of back pain just to play a game there. ?
 

Camelie

Member
Gaming certainly affected my sleeping patterns, which resulted in bouts of insomnia. I've been working on trying to normalize this, since it's led to a few problems like anemia and weight loss on my part.

I've been attempting to control my gaming habits because of this. Though, it would be unfair to blame it all on gaming. Work tends to wear down on my sleep too.
 

Lizardbro

Member
I really didn't have any major problems with gaming the affected my health. Their were times where I stood up late at night to play games and played them through most of the day, but that was about it.
 

phanuruch

Member
I have not suffered much damage from gaming, except that occasionally, I experience eye strain and back pain. What has helped me not to go down the slippery path is that I am aware that excessive gaming comes with some unintended bad consequences. As a result, I have learned to pull myself away before its too late.
 
My health hasn't been affected by playing mobile games as of now, or maybe I'm just not a hard player as you guys are. But I hope that I'll grow healthy and that my playing will not affect it.
 

Nova

Member
I think for me it affected in many ways. Like I have gained weight. My eyes have wrinkles. My digestion has disturbed. And it seems like I feel more restless often. So it can be pretty troublesome on that note. And being addicted to the games make it also harder for me to save. So I am keeping things balanced now a days.
 

Jayson

Member
The vision thing worries me. I mean, I don't game that much - but I'm always straining my eyes on the net. Anyway, I do use darker screens, but still, you know what I mean! Anyhow, the solution for people on the net and/or gaming too much - is simply taking breaks and balancing. When I say balance, I mean that people need to exercise so much during the week - and maybe they even need hard exercise. It's just a fact of life that nature owes them nothing and they must work to maintain health.
 
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Nova

Member
Yes. I think that's one reason I am not that hard core gamer myself and I don't prefer to compete in public places. I don't want to lose vision and also not lose the mental health aspect of life. So it's reasonable that we are taking care of the health in that context.
 

Martin Berisford

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I wouldn't say it's negatively impacted my health to the point that I'm now suffering with a 'gaming claw' on my hand, posture issues and the like but certainly when I was a teenager playing Runescape for like 8-10 hours per day in my quest for those sweet 99 capes, I surely felt the affects with my concentration, eating habits and all those kind of things. Luckily I managed to get myself out of those habits before I hit University or that would've been hellish. I'm 25 now and it's a struggle to stay up past 1am haha.
 

Barida

Member
When I was younger I spent most of my free time playing games on a PC or a console. It affected my eyesight and now I need to wear eyeglasses. I don't know if that was the main reason or if it was genes but I am the only one who wears glasses on my family. Nowadays, I exercise regularly and have less time to game because of work. I think I have the right amount of work-life balance.

That can be a possibility that it was as a result of excessive exposure of your eyes to the TV, for gaming reasons, that made you have this eye issues. However, this is the reason we should try to protect our kids from being game addicts for safety of their eyes.
 

Nova

Member
I have seen people getting into addiction of internet and gaming. And that has definitely affected their progress. And something like that needs to be taken seriously. Because addictions turn into something that affects the health. That is what needs to be changed about gaming addiction.
 

Nova

Member
I avoid playing on TV for the same reason. I also avoid working or playing games in the dark. Because that definitely affects my eyes more. So I am starting to pay attention to small signs.
 

Nerdface

Member
I definitely attribute my declining eyesight to gaming and computers, at least partially.

When I first needed glasses I was the only one in the immediate family to do so. However, that has since changed that almost everyone now needs glasses so there could also be a bit of genetics there I guess.. šŸ¤·ā€ā™‚ļø

I've suffered with insomnia, depression, back pain, and fluctuating weight gain/loss - but none of this I would attribute to my gaming habits. My gaming has more than halved over the last few years to the level it was. I blame becoming a parent.. šŸ˜
 

Ash

Member
I mean, my eyes aren't perfect. But I'm not sure I can fully blame gaming for that and it's probably more due to all the technology I use. I don't think gaming has affected any other aspects of my health really. I've never been addicted to it.
 

Nova

Member
I definitely attribute my declining eyesight to gaming and computers, at least partially.
I have seen many of those who are into their 40s seem to be affected with the eye sight. And that is one reason I think people should avoid playing the games in deem light or dark. That is what leads to the eye sight issues. That's what I have learned from experience.
 
I had a bad experience a couple of years ago. I was totally addicted to Fortnite! I could not stop literally for 6-7 hours... my studies were going down and eventually, I realized my eyes are growing red and itchy.. that was due to the blue light thing... I went online to see how to prevent that and found about gaming glasses... I bought a pair and they kind of helped to reduce the redness... this website has some good budget options.
but believe me the only thing that would actually reduce the stress on your eyes is to limit your gaming hours (and that wasn't easy for me!)
 
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I know overall my eyes/vision is suffering from staring at a screen so much. I know at one time I did get addicted to playing the Sly cooper series, not sure why but thankfully it was just on that one game.
 
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gammer77

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I've been playing since high school).
Back then, it was PC Spectrum.
So that's how it started. It was a few years in WOW, CS and many other non online games.
Now only the ones that are on the phone. I don't play PC games, but there's definitely something on my phone. Now it's CODM and ML BB.

Oh yes, my health is fine. But that's because I'm always in sports tone: football, gym, running.
Maybe my eyes are getting worse, but maybe it's also from reading and working on the computer.
 
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